Tetanus: Wounds and Shots

TetanusBlogPostI 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!

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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