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Hi, need some advice on potential tetanus infection.
Got a cut from a rusty nail yesterday. Went to the hospital and got given a tdpa shot. However i was under the impression vaccine only protects from future injuries, not from one I already have. Should i have been given a tpi shot instead?
Kindly note I was vaccineted as a child, but that was roughly 20 years ago.
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replied March 24th, 2019
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Not needed. due to prior vaccination, you are already immunised . the current injection is a booster dose and can be given once in 10 years .

I hope this helps.


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replied March 24th, 2019
Welcome to e health forum.

With the advent of regular immunization, the incidence of Tetanus infection is low. But with respect to your status, since you have been vaccinated, you are protected .

But a booster vaccine for tetanus can be given once every 10 years .


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