I stepped on a nail yesterday. Do I need a tetanus shot...

Question: 

I stepped on a nail yesterday. Do I need a tetanus shot right away? Where would I find one on the weekend?

Answer: 

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. Talk to your doctor, immunizing pharmacist or local health unit about getting a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine  as soon as possible if you have a dirty cut or wound and 5 or more years have passed since your last Td vaccine. Use the health unit finder.

If you have further questions about tetanus or immunizations, speak with your health care provider or call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse at HealthlinkBC.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019