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Tetanus Diptheria Vaccine

Posted on: August 15, 2006

Comes with Diptheria, both are neurological, debilitating bacterium that release toxins that cause muscle convulsions, and eventually rigidity. Lockjaw is a famous infliction brought on by Tetanus since it usually begins with stiffness in the neck and jaw, but the whole body gets affected. Late signs like these mean that the disease is mostly fatal already.

It is given parenterally into the deltoid, intramuscularly.

Although 10 years is recommended for the vaccine, we prefer to give it after a 5 year interval, due to the convenience afforded to an exposed patient when in another country. (This way, the patient does not have to receive a post-exposure tetanus shot in case of an emergency by a foreign medical facility). Keep in mind, however, that this rule is steadfast and a minimum of 2 years must pass.

*See tetanus blog entry, for more info

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