I like to walk my dogs at the Bulb in Albany.
If you’ve never been to the Bulb, it’s a former landfill on the San Francisco Bay that’s making the transition to natural, open space.
It’s also a tetanus-prone wound paradise, as you can see from the rusted fitting on this old telephone pole.
Tetanus shots are good for 10 years, however, if you get an injury that’s penetrating, dirty or contaminated, you should get a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 5 years since your last one.
Children get immunized against tetanus at 2, 4 and 6 months. There is a booster for toddlers and kindergarten and again at age 10-11 years old. That’s the Tdap required for 7th grade. I immunize high school seniors so they are protected for wherever life takes them after graduation. After that, tetanus shots are every 10 years.
The technical Guidelines for the management of tetanus-prone wounds is here.
If you think you might be due for a tetanus shot, call the office.
Enjoy your rambling!