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Tetanus Vaccination


Tetanus is a serious disease of the central nervous system that is caused by bacteria that is found in soil. The disease is spread through open cuts and wounds that have been contaminated with infected soil. Tetanus is found throughout the world.

Summary

Age of Use

10+ years

Doses Required

Just 1

Schedule

N/A

Time before Travel

Up to day before*

Booster Required

10 years

Cost

£30
*Vaccines work best if given time to become active. This vaccine can be given up to the day before travel and will provide some cover

When is tetanus vaccination indicated?

All people should receive tetanus vaccine as part of the childhood vaccination programme. For travellers give a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/inactivated polio vaccine (Td/IPV), before departure, to:

  • Anyone travelling to areas where medical attention may not be accessible and whose last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine was more than 10 years previously even if the person has received five doses of vaccine previously (3 primary immunization doses and 2 booster doses).
  • Anyone travelling to areas where medical attention may not be accessible and whose last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine was more than 10 years previously and has received a tetanus primary immunization (3 doses) course, but none or one of the recommended booster doses.

For travellers who have not received a tetanus primary immunization course (3 doses) it is usually worth giving the maximum number of doses of vaccines that the travel departure date allows and completing the course upon return.

When is tetanus vaccination contraindicated?

Do not give tetanus vaccine if the person:

  • Has a current severe febrile illness.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of tetanus vaccine.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B (which may be present in trace amounts).

What are the adverse effects of tetanus vaccine?

Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site are common and may occur more frequently following subsequent doses. A small painless nodule may form at the injection site; this usually disappears and is of no consequence.

Confirmed anaphylaxis occurs extremely rarely. Data from the UK, Canada, and the USA point to rates of 0.65–3 anaphylaxis events per million doses of vaccine given.

Rarely, convulsions, high-pitched screaming, pallor, cyanosis, and limpness occur after vaccination with tetanus and pertussis-containing vaccines.
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255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 2HX
Superintendent Pharmacist : Mr Rupesh Shah
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