A bacteria called Clostridium tetani causes tetanus (lockjaw). Tetanus causes symptoms and signs that include severe muscle spasms and an inability to open the mouth. The tetanus vaccine is a toxoid that is 100% effective against tetanus. The DTaP vaccine is part of a child's routine immunization schedule. Doctors recommend the Tdap for children at their 11-year checkup. People should get a tetanus booster vaccination every 10 years. Read more: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot? Article
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Related Disease Conditions
Tetanus is an often-fatal disease caused by nerve toxins produced by the common bacteria Clostridium tetani. In a 7-day period after infection, a person experiences muscle spasms, restlessness, headache, irritability, then lockjaw, and the lungs stop functioning. Tetanus is treatable with antibiotics and drainage. Sedation is often give to stop muscle spasms.
What Are the Warning Signs of Tetanus?
Tetanus is a severe disease that affects many people. Learn the warning signs and diagnosis process for tetanus disease.
Children's health is focused on the well-being of children from conception through adolescence. There are many aspects of children's health, including growth and development, illnesses, injuries, behavior, mental illness, family health, and community health.
First Aid and CPR
First aid is providing medical assistance to someone a sick or injured person. The type of first aid depends on their condition. Preparedness is key to first aid, like having basic medical emergency kits in your home, car, boat, or RV. Many minor injuries may require first aid, including cuts, puncture wounds, sprains, strains, and nosebleeds. Examples of more critical first aid emergencies include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and heatstroke.
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- tetanus toxoid injection (Tetanus Toxoid Absorbed)
- Side Effects of Tetanus toxoid adsorbed
- diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) vaccine injection (Adult)
- diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-haemophilus vaccine-injection, Tetramune
- diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (adult) - injection
- diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis (pediatric) - injection, Daptacel, Infanrix, Tripedia
- diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (pediatric) - injection
Prevention & Wellness
- Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria
- Color-Changing Bandage Identifies and Treats Infections
- Health Tip: Understanding the Tetanus Shot
- No Link Between Tdap Vaccine, Autism: Study
- No Safety Concerns With DTaP Combo Vaccine for Kids: Study
- Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?
- Adults Don't Need Tetanus Shot Every Decade: Study
- Study Says Tdap Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy
- Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds
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