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sarahspank
« on: November 30, 2004 07:26:02 PM »

Hey, you all... after accidentally sewing my finger last weekend, I called the doctor's office and they made me come in post haste! to get a new tetanus shot.  Maybe everyone knows this, maybe not - but they only last 10 years.  So if you last had one in high school, and you are now in yr mid-to-late 20s (like me), then you definitely want to go get a booster.  Especially if you are prone to stabby accidents with needles and pins...  like many people on this forum, I would expect...

Sure it hurts, but nothin like tetanus does... 
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2004 09:30:01 AM »

I'm so clutzy that I carry my booster card in my purse.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2004 10:59:59 AM »

Don't just get one to get one though-tetanus is always in very short supply, and your doctor may not even let you, unless you need it (like if you sew over your finger  Wink)
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2004 03:14:08 PM »

Don't just get one to get one though-tetanus is always in very short supply, and your doctor may not even let you, unless you need it (like if you sew over your finger  Wink)

FYI, i've always heard that it is safe to wait until something happens to cause you to need your tetanus booster e.g., stepping on a rusty nail) and then go get it. as long as you are within 24 or 48 hours of the injury, the tetanus booster will be as effective as having gotten it ahead of time.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2004 03:47:14 PM »

Tetanus can also come from animal saliva so don't just think it comes from metal sharp things  Undecided
And I've noticed over here in the UK they don't bother with boosters, it's on an as-needed basis like previously mentioned rather than an every-10-or-12-years booster thing.
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sarahspank
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2004 05:29:48 PM »

That's interesting; the nurse on the phone gave me the impression that it was something that needs to be done every 10 years... and my boyfriend's doctor gave him one immediately upon finding out it had been a decade since the last one.

And apparently Clostridium tetani can live in dirt and animal poop, too:

http://www.nfid.org/factsheets/tetanusadult.html
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/696_tet.html

regardless  - i certainly will feel better about future sewing mishaps and other wounds knowing i've had it.  and i am sure there will be some, as i am a huge klutz...  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2004 04:20:44 AM »

down here if you work with the public (esp. food service) you can be terminated for *not* being current.

Apparently some nitwit decided that tenus was like rabies, if you got it you could infect others, and got a law passed.  It isn't enforced, but I've seen a couple of employers use it in a punative fashion.  With some of us temps having no insurance (not eligible) and avalability being spotty (unless you pay the $600 to go to the emergency room  Roll Eyes ) it's an effective and unpleasant way to "keep the peace"

but this is South Texas, my brother in California can go down to the county health office and get a booster for his kids for about $20 a pop.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2004 06:25:22 PM »

Good heavens, here in Wisconsin, the county gives the kids their boosters for free!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2004 08:12:41 PM »

I'm so clutzy that I carry my booster card in my purse.
Whoo-hoo! Someone else with a booster card in wallet/purse!!!
Everyone should have their vaccines up-to-date!
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2004 01:51:26 AM »

I also had to get a booster shot a while ago, since it had been 10 years since my previous one - and it wasn't for anything metal-related.  I actually had the queen of all clumsy moments (kinda  Tongue), fell, and hit my head on the coffeemug I was holding - 15 stitches and one tetanus shot later.  It's really also cause you don't always know what you've been in contact with, and especially if it's an open wound that could get all kinds of nasties (scientific terminology Wink)

Anyway, does anyone else also feel that the tetanus shot hurts way more than it should? Angry

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PS surprise - the mug didn't even break - mug 1: me 0
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