If you step on a rusty nail.....

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If you step on a rusty nail.....
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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 7:08am
do you get a tetenus booster? Or for those of you who don't vax, do you get a tetanus shot?

A few years back I got a rusty hook imbedded in my hand and got my tetanus booster. The nurse at the hospital said they are good for 10 years but if you get stuck or cut then you should get a booster if it's been over 5 years. I don't get it. Is it good for 5 years or 10 years?

I was just pondering this question because my 5yo ds was playing with a rusty can, kicking it and stuff, and I kept thinking that if he gets cut he would need that terribly painful tetanus booster.

What are your thoughts? My dad told me about his cousin who got tetanus. It sounded really gross and a very bad way to die.

Lucky

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 10:39am
Interesting that you ask this, I was just wondering the exact same thing the other day. I was attacked by a dog and had to get stitches, and they said I would need a tetanus shot. I told them I did not want one, and that the wounds bled profusely so I wasn't concerned. I remember hearing about the boosters every 10 years, but if injured, then to get the shot if it's been more than 5. What's the point of the 10 yr boosters then if they want you to get another if injured? Maybe they should go ahead and recommend boosters every 5 years. Doesn't make much sense to me, but then most of the vaccine issues don't.

Christine

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 10:41am
Lucky, first I have to say that I just got my first Tetnus shot a week or two ago. I had not had one in 20 years! I was scared to death that it was going to make my arm hurt badly. One of those things I remember as a kid lol. Come to find out it is a new formula they are using now and they said that it would not be sore. Guess what? They were right! My arm did not hurt, was not sore nothing. Had no clue I even had the shot. Now I got it because well I had not had on in so long, but I scratched my hand on a broken radio antena and I just wanted to be safe then sorry. Not to mention I am trying to get pg again so I would hate to have gotten sick and be pg. They told me that this SHOT lasts for 10 years. They did however say that in 5 years if something was to happen that it would be wise to get the booster. I asked why if the one I just got lasted 10 years. I was told that it is because they feel it is better to be safe then sorry, and since 5 years is half way into the shot you never know. So really I am just as confused ROFL.

But since I get my kids vaxed I thought it was only fair that I get mine. Can not be hypicritical now can I? ROFL

Well I think this is something that I am going to do alot of research on since it is so confusing and I dont just take anyone word on it. lol. Like to see it for myself. If I find anything I will let you know. This was a really great question you had I must say cause I have been thinking about it myself lol

God Bless,

Carla

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 2:32pm
I had a tetanus booster about 6 years ago, before I conceived Benjamin (and before I started researching vaccines!). I would not personally follow precisely the 10 year guidelines, because I believe that immunity usually lasts much longer than 10 years. But if I had an obviously tetanus-prone injury 5 years or more after my booster, I would definitely get another one. No way am I risking tetanus!

I agree with Carla -- my arm was slightly sore. They told me to take Tylenol but I didn't need to.

Keeley

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 4:18pm
Christine,

I just read about tetanus. The toxin called tetanospasmin attaches to the nerves around the wound and travel through the body that way. So it sounds like it's not traveling through your blood. I was just concerned since you didn't get the shot because you thought your blood would wash it out. BUT, the article did say it was a soil contaminate and said nothing about dog bites. You are probably safe. Also, for the future, if you get poked or cut and start to get a stiff jaw, it sounds like they can treat you if you catch it early. I was reading this at kidshealth.org.

BTW, what do you think would happen to you if you did get the tetanus shot? Just curious and not trying to be condescending. I just always wonder how people come to certain decisions.

I vax for two reasons. One is that I want to do my part to help keep these diseases at bay in my community ( I don't mean tetanus but the others like flu, pertussis, measles....all those). And two is that I would be lying awake at night just wondering what scarey thing will come my way if I didn't vax. Mine is a better safe than sorry approach.

Lucky

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 6:37pm
I wanted to add something to one of the posts. From what I read on one of the sites is that with Tetnus they actually have to put under and hook you to a vent until the disease runs its course. Freaked me out enough to make sure I got my shot. I agree better safe then sorry. LOL

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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 9:40am
Here are some of the things I have read that influenced my decision to not get the shot,

http://www.vaccinationnews.com/DailyNews/May2001/TetVax-RM.htm

http://www.whale.to/a/tetanus.html

Notice the first quote, if having tetanus doesn't provide immunity, than how can the vaccine?

"The organism is sensitive to heat and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen."

http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~terry/229sp02/worksheets/wksht9ans.html

http://www.childbirthsolutions.com/articles/postpartum/unvac/index.php

I stopped vaccinating my children because there has not been any studies done on the long term effects of all the vaccines they are giving children today, and after watching my 4th child deteriorate after a round of vaccines.

Christine

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 1:47am
>>"Not to mention I am trying to get pg again so I would hate to have gotten sick and be pg."<<


I'm wondering why no one has mentioned that you should not be TTC if you have had a shot within 3 months. Your Dr. should've told you this as well. If you were pg and cut your hand, they wouldn't/shouldn't have done it either and should tell you only to resume your efforts in 3 months.

My DH impaled his hand on a piece of metal at work over a year ago and went to the hospital to have it cleaned and see if he needed stitches, they of course told him he NEEDED to have a tetanus shot since he had not for as long as he could remember, he refused, signed a waiver, had it cleaned and looked at for stitches (didn't need any) and walked out. He was prepared to walk out either way. He's fine and has never had a problem.

I'm just wondering how they have convinced people that they can gain immunity from the vax knowing you can't from the disease.


Edited 4/22/2003 1:49:07 AM ET by majormom32002

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:28am
Actually, I believe the 3-month rule only applies to live-virus vaccines (which Tetanus is not).

Keeley

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 3:33pm
Actually that was the FIRST thing I asked. I did not want to go there and get this shot if I was pg or getting pg and it would have been an issue.

Needless to say I looked into it, and no it is not a live cell so being vaxed for it is just fine. I have no fears that I will be fine and so would my unborn child if I do or did get pg soon after the shot.

I do not take anything with out asking if it is safe if I was or did get pg.

God Bless,

carla

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 11:28pm
Lucky - I don't think anyone answered your original question. The reason why tetanus vaccine is recommended at 5 years in the face of a tetanus prone wound is that the antibodies to the tetanus bacteria would be "used up" by the bacteria in the wound and the original vaccine would not continue to protect for the rest of the 10 years. It's truly considered a "booster". Although the (possible) tetanus in the wound may not go on to develop spores and create toxin, the vaccine does protect against the bacteria. In an unvaccinated person who suffers tetanus, there is toxin produced but not enough antibody to the organism to offer subsequent protection - this is thought to be due to the potency of the tetanus toxin. This is my understanding of tetanus and the vaccine.

More info here:

http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/Tetanus.txt

Eve (who gets a tetanus booster every 10 years without fail)

 
 

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