tetanus - toxoid injection (Tetanus Toxoid Absorbed)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

What is tetanus toxoid?

Tetanus toxoid is a vaccine used to provide active immunity against tetanus toxin. Tetanus or lockjaw is a serious disease that may result in death.

Is tetanus toxoid available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for tetanus toxoid?


Why is tetanus toxoid prescribed to patients?

The tetanus toxoid vaccine is used for active immunization against tetanus in individuals 7 years of age and older.

What are the side effects of tetanus toxoid?

All vaccines may cause minor injection site reactions including:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling (edema)
  • Warmth
  • Discomfort

Some individuals also may experience:

Rare but serious side effects include:

Rare cases of anaphylactic shock have been reported after receiving some preparations containing the tetanus toxoid.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2016

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