About 1 in 5 people who get tetanus will die.
The tetanus vaccine is the best way to protect against tetanus (lockjaw), which is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Tetanus vaccines are recommended throughout your life.
Vaccines are very safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get tetanus.
The tetanus vaccine is provided free in BC. It is combined with other vaccines so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot. Several different vaccines are used to prevent tetanus among infants, children, adolescents and adults:
*Click on the link for more information about the vaccine, including the benefits, possible reactions after the vaccine and who should not get the vaccine.
Vaccines are available from public health units, doctors' offices and pharmacies (for people 5 years of age and older). Services vary across BC.
If you have a serious cut or wound, including punctures, bites, burns or scrapes, it is recommended that you see your health care provider immediately for treatment. This is especially important if the wound is dirty.
Tetanus is now rare in British Columbia because of routine childhood immunization programs.
Photos courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are a health care provider looking for immunization information, please visit the Health Professionals section of the BCCDC website. There you can find clinical resources, immunization courses, print resources for patients and more.
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