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Can everyone get a tetanus shot?

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Don't get one if:

Talk to your doctor if you have a history of epilepsy or other nervous system problems, severe pain or swelling in the past after a previous tetanus vaccine, or a history of either Guillain-Barre syndrome or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

  • You've had a severe allergic reaction after a previous Tdap vaccine.
  • You have a history of coma or seizures within a week following a previous Tdap vaccine.

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Tetanus for Adults" and "Tetanus."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Tetanus Vaccine."

CDC: "Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination Coverage among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older - United States, 1999 and 2008," "Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Among Adults: Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine," and "Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Tetanus for Adults" and "Tetanus."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Tetanus Vaccine."

CDC: "Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination Coverage among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older - United States, 1999 and 2008," "Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Among Adults: Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine," and "Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 09, 2018

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