Tetanus Shot After Injury

You may need a tetanus shot depending on how dirty the wound is and how long it has been since your last shot. For a dirty wound that has things like dirt, saliva, or feces in it, you may need a shot if: You haven’t had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years. You don’t know when your last shot was. For a clean wound, you…

Tetanus Shot After Injury

Tetanus Shot After Injury

You may need a tetanus shot depending on how dirty the wound is and how long it has been since your last shot.

  • For a dirty wound that has things like dirt, saliva, or feces in it, you may need a shot if:
    • You haven't had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.
    • You don't know when your last shot was.
  • For a clean wound, you may need a shot if:
    • You have not had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years.
    • You don't know when your last shot was.

Credits

Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

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