About the tetanus vaccine
- Tetanus vaccines protect against tetanus disease, which is caused by tetanus bacteria that enters the skin through a cut or scrape.
- It is part of the routine childhood immunizations and is given as a 3 dose series in a combination vaccination DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib, which protects infants and children from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hepatitis B, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type B, all in 1 shot.
- Alike many other vaccines, tetanus vaccines require a booster to remind your immune system how to fight against tetanus.
- As an adult, you need a Td booster shot every 10 years to remain protected against tetanus and diphtheria. You may be recommended to receive it as early as 5 years if you get a severe cut or scrape. These boosters keep the immunizations you received as a child working.