At Urgent Way we make getting a tetanus vaccination a simple process. We cater to both adults and children and patients can just walk into any of our six convenient locations to get their booster and immunization shots administered.
What is tetanus?
Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes painful muscle spasms in the neck, jaw, and abdomen. It is sometimes also referred to as “lockjaw” because it may cause the muscles in your neck and jaw to ‘lock up,’ making it extremely difficult to open your mouth and even swallow.
Other symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscles spasms in other parts of your body
Symptoms generally start to appear several weeks after the initial infection and it can take months for an individual to fully recover.
Who requires a tetanus shot?
Tetanus vaccine is a routine immunization that babies receive in the first few months of life. Over time, immunity to tetanus decreases, which is why it is recommended that older children and adults get booster vaccines to remain protected. If you have not received a booster shot within the past 10 years or longer, you should get a tetanus shot.
How and when is the vaccine given?
Tetanus vaccine is normally given in combination with either the diphtheria (D or d) and pertussis (P or p) (whooping cough) vaccines, or diphtheria alone. Upper case letters signify a full dose of the vaccine while lower case a lower dose:
- DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. This is spread out and given to children in 5 doses at 2, 4, and 6 months old: then again at 15-18 months and finally at 4-6 years
- Tdap: This is the booster shot of the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccines given to adolescents between the ages of 11-18 years old. Adults aged 19 and older should receive a single dose of Tdap. It is also highly recommended that expectant mothers receive Tdap during their third trimester of each pregnancy
- Td: This is the tetanus and diphtheria booster that older children and adults should receive every 10 years
- DT: Some children cannot tolerate the pertussis vaccine and should instead receive this substitute version of DTaP
Adults who have never received a Tdap vaccine should get it as soon as possible. You can receive the Tdap no matter when you got your last Td booster shot.