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If I have an open wound and I never received a primary immunization for tetanus, will my doctor give me one?

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If you have never received a primary immunization as a child and you have an open wound, the doctor will likely give you the first vaccine dose at the time of your wound care as well as a single dose of a special immunoglobulin with high activity against tetanus. You must see a doctor in 4 weeks and again in 6 months to complete the primary vaccination series.

SOURCES: CDC: "Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination." "Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine Recommendations." National Network For Immunization Information: "Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)."  MedlinePlus: "Tetanus." National Association for Infectious Diseases: "Tetanus (Lockjaw)." Mayo Clinic: "Tetanus."




 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

SOURCES: CDC: "Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination." "Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine Recommendations." National Network For Immunization Information: "Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)."  MedlinePlus: "Tetanus." National Association for Infectious Diseases: "Tetanus (Lockjaw)." Mayo Clinic: "Tetanus."




 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

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