What about the Tetanus shot?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
What about the Tetanus shot?
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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 11:46am
For those that are anti-vaccine - what do you do about the tetanus shot? Every time you have a major cut or injury they ask you about your tetanus status. Do you consider this an important vaccine or do you refuse this one as well? If you refuse it, what are your thoughts, choices, ideas of reducing your risk of tetanus - other than not getting hurt in the first place? ;)
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Registered: 10-28-2005
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 8:32am

I never really thought of the Tetanus shot as a vaccine. I love that you bring these topics up, Catherine! I just know that I keep getting yelled at by my friends that I've never gotten one, well maybe as


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Registered: 10-13-2005
Fri, 09-23-2011 - 9:45am
I stumbled across this board today and wanted to give my two cents on this. The last tetanus shot I had was in 1996 just before turning 18. A few days after the shot I had a grand mal seizure. No doctor can prove anything that the two are connected, but I do have epilepsy and am on meds for the seizures. I do not want to have another tetanus shot and risk having another grand mal seizure. It is annoying in the doctor's office when the nurse will point out that I am due for one and then I explain why I don't want one. One nurse even spoke out loud as she marked the chart "patient refused"....like I am this horrible person.

For me, having a life without the risk of a grand mal seizure is well worth the risk of getting tetanus. If I step on a nail, I'll reconsider. Until then, no shot for me.

Mary

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 6:13am

I am getting my booster (now as dTaP/IPV) every 10 years.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 10:51am

This has come up as a real concern for me now - I was pushing down stuff in the garbage at home, when I sliced open my finger on a plastic take-out salad container. It was very wide and deep, and would not stop bleeding

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 2:20pm

to be honest, Catherine, I felt like crap for 3 days after my last booster and DS had his first post-vaccine fever/headache after his dTaP booster at age 9, so I am pretty sure that the "no reaction" is not true. I find the peace of mind worth the minor meh...

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 2:37pm

Thanks Caterina - I appreciate you sharing that, knowing that you are pro-vax.

My concern is not a few days of feeling bad. I would live with that to avoid getting tetanus. But we have two children in our family with bad vaccine reactions, and since I tend to react to everything, I am worried about a really severe reaction. Whenever something is rare to happen, it seems to happen to me! LOL

The problem is there is no taking it back, if something should go wrong.

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Registered: 12-22-2007
Sat, 10-22-2011 - 6:51pm

I have boosters if I'm put at risk of tenanus.