If you have older kids who got all their vaccines when they were little, you might think they're protected against those diseases for life. But as they grow up, the effects of some childhood immunizations wane, so teens need boosters to stay safe.
Children get other vaccines the first time between the ages of 11 and 16 because that’s when they work best. And if your kids haven’t yet gotten all of the recommended childhood vaccines, now is a great time to catch up.
You are bitten by an animal or wounded by an object that might be contaminated with dirt, feces, or dust, and you have not been immunized against tetanus or received a booster within the last five years. Tetanus infection can be fatal and should be treated as soon as possible.
CDC: "Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination."
National Network For Immunization Information: "Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)."
National Association for Infectious Diseases: "Tetanus (Lockjaw)."