What is Tetanus?
Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in the soil, animal excrement, and other places. When these bacteria enter a skin puncture, they can create a deadly toxin called tetanospasmin. This causes the condition known as tetanus, which affects the body’s nerves. Symptoms include nerve spasms and contractions that spread from the face to the arms and legs, debilitating the body and affecting the ability to breathe. Untreated tetanus is often fatal. If you develop tetanus, get to a hospital as soon as possible. The tetanus vaccine for children and adults is the primary means of preventing tetanus.
Is There a Tetanus Vaccine?
Yes, the Tetanus vaccine, also known as tetanus toxoid (TT), used to prevent tetanus. During childhood, five doses are recommended, with a sixth given during adolescence. After three doses, almost everyone is initially immune, but additional doses every ten years are recommended to maintain immunity.
At iCare Emergency Room and Urgent Care, we offer Tetanus vaccines in our urgent care. Walk-ins welcome, appointments recommended.