Cuts, Scrapes and Puncture Wounds (cont.)

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Will I need a tetanus shot for a cut, scrape, or puncture wound?

Most people in the United States have been immunized against tetanus (lockjaw). If the affected person has been immunized, he or she will need a booster shot if they have not had one within 10 years (if it is a very dirty wound or occurs in a tetanus prone area, they will need a booster within five years). If affected person has never had a tetanus shot, or if their series is incomplete (fewer than three shots), they might need tetanus immunoglobulin, a medication that can prevent lockjaw.

REFERENCE: University of Maryland Medical Center. Wounds.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/20/2013

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