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Tetanus Shots Are Recommended Every 10 Years

When Did You Get Your Last Tetanus Shot?

Do you remember getting a tetanus shot as a kid? They were so painful. When explaining why a tetanus shot is important, people always mention stepping on a rusty nail. Apparently rusty nails aren't the only things to worry about. Tetanus is a disease caused by bacteria that live in dust, animal waste, or soil. If you get a cut, burn, splinter, puncture, insect bite, or any other break in your skin, your wound can become infected with these bacteria. When the bacterial spores multiply in your body, they create a poison that affects your muscles and causes uncontrollable spasms. It can even affect your breathing and result in death. Yikes!

As a child, you most likely were vaccinated by the time you were 6 years old. Every 10 years after that you should get a booster shot. Since I'm sure many of you are walking around barefoot this Summer, I was wondering . . .

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sophie7777 sophie7777 5 years
Tetanus shots used to really make my arm sore and my muscle ache for a couple of days. That's cause even though the doctor or nurse told me to relax my muscle they never gave me a chance to before sticking the needle in. They always used to say it would just hurt a bit, what a joke! Nowadays they do it alot better. The doctor or nurse dabs my arm with alcohol, then grabs my muscle up by my shoulder and quickly sticks the tetanus needle kinda deep into my left deltoid muscle. I might feel a little stick as the needle goes into my muscle. Then I see the needle pull out of my arm and the doctor or nurse lets go of my muscle, and it's in! the tetanus is on my deltoid muscle up by my shoulder, and it doesn't hurt a bit! I usually wear a racer back tank when I know I'll probably need a tetanus shot so I don't have to roll up my sleeve. When I see the needle and syringe I tell myself to relax my muscle, I hang my left arm comfortably by my side, and before I know it the tetanus shot is in my muscle. Wow! easy! Relaxing the muscle is the secret to getting a good tetanus shot. It helps to wear a tank top for a tetanus shot so your deltoids are easy to see and get at it with the tetanus needle. The tetanus go in best on the top and in the middle of your deltoid muscle, and in a tank it's so easy for the shot giver to put the tetanus in there. Hooray for tank tops and tetanus shots!
amber512 amber512 7 years
I got one when I stepped on a rusty nail and another one since then as well. I believe I am fully covered!
SocialistLez SocialistLez 7 years
I'm in no rush to get a shot. I may go to the clinic by my house since it would be cheaper than going to my doc for a shot. I'd probably be charged out the wazoo. ::pines for universal health care::
wren1 wren1 7 years
Got mine on Wednesday. It was really sore yesterday, but barely hurts today.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I wish I could vote for two.... I don't think I've had one since I was a child, but I probably won't be getting one unless I end up in the ER with an injury. It's not that I don't believe in vaccines, I just think they're overdone. I understand the importance of this one, but I would have to research before getting it.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I crashed while test riding a tri bike and split open my chin -- got one that day !
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
i got one a couple of months ago since i had not had one since high school. It was so painful, i had a huge lump and bruise on my arm and i could barely move arm for days.
littlekaren littlekaren 7 years
At my annual, my gyno asked if I needed one, and I said yes, so she just gave me one there! Pretty cool!
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I'm due this year. Really hard to make an appointment to get something painful done to you though :-/
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
I got a booster when I was bitten by a spider in 2003.
weffie weffie 7 years
My doctor gave me one on Tuesday while I was there anyway. I had a fever and pounding headache until this morning, and my arm is badly bruised at the injection site and really sore right down to the elbow. I've never had a problem with any kind of vaccinations til this one, so I think next decade I'll pass.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
i got bit by a dog two years ago, had this shot so now i'm covered! good to know - thanks for this post!
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