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When should you call your doctor about tetanus?

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You should call your doctor about tetanus if you're bitten by an animal or wounded by an object that might be contaminated with dirt, feces, or dust, and you've never gotten a tetanus shot or received a booster within the last 5 years. Tetanus infection can be fatal and should be treated as soon as possible.

From: Understanding Tetanus -- Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

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



Reviewed by William Blahd on March 18, 2017

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



Reviewed by William Blahd on March 18, 2017

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