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I don't have a cardiology...
I don't have a cardiology question, but I don't see general medicine for a choice. I was walking a couple of days ago, turned over my ankle, and took a tumble. I landed on my elbow area, which swelled and hurt like the blazes. I also got an abrasion on my elbow, which actually occurred through the sleeve of my sweatshirt. I was thankful I had the sweatshirt on. It probably prevented it from being worse. Anyway, I thought my elbow might have been broken, so I drove myself to ER. The X-ray showed no break or dislocation. Thank goodness. The nurse practitioner said I had a bad contusion and suggested ice, elevation, and some time. I asked if I needed a tetanus shot. My 10 years will be up in 2018. She said for the little abrasion I had, that it wasn't at all necessary, and I could just wait for my booster at my GP next year. Now I'm worried that perhaps I should have had one, but I hate to second guess the medical provider. But I'm a very anxious person, and that's what I do!! Do I'm looking for reassurance that it's ok to wait until next year for my tetanus booster. Thank you,
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

This wouldn't be considered a tetanus prone wound which would require a booster after 5 years of the previous booster

Your previous booster is still in effect for several months so I see no need for another one now

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
That eases my mind some. I was just concerned, because there were rocks and gravel where I fell and it seemed one part of the abrasion looked a little deeper than another part, although it's all scabbed over already after just 2 days. It seemed to me that something had to puncture through my sweatshirt sleeve to cause the abrasion. So after all of that, are you still of the opinion that I can wait until my annual physical next spring? I'd like to do that if I can.

That's really not a puncture wound--just an abrasion

It takes a puncture wound and the lack of oxygen deep inside it to allow the tetanus bacteria to grow

So that doesn't change my opinion--spring is plenty of time for you next booster

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you so much. Then I'm setting this on the back burner until next year's physical. Thank you again!

My pleasure

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