(HealthDay News) -- Tetanus shots are recommended starting in infancy and continuing every ten years after age 5, the American College of Emergency Physicians says.
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But most adults don't get boosters until they step on a rusty nail or suffer a deep and dirty wound, the group acknowledges.
Tetanus is a bacterial nervous-system infection, sometimes called lockjaw, that can lead to death.
But it doesn't always require a dirty wound. Tetanus bacteria can get into the bloodstream through a tiny pinprick, a scratch from an animal, a splinter or even an open bug bite, the college warns.
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