Tetanus

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Did you know? 

Up to 1 in 5 people who get tetanus may die.

What is a booster dose? 

Immunity (protection) from some vaccines declines with time. A "booster" dose is an additional dose of vaccine given to strengthen or "boost" the immune system to provide better protection against disease. 

What is the tetanus vaccine?

The tetanus vaccine protects against tetanus, a serious disease caused by a bacteria. 

The tetanus vaccine is combined with other vaccines so that you or your child can get protection against several diseases with fewer shots. 

Who should get the tetanus vaccine?

Tetanus vaccination is recommended for people of all ages. There are many different combination vaccines used to prevent tetanus in infants, young children, school-age children, and adults. 

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.

What are the benefits of the tetanus vaccine?

Vaccination is the best way to protect against tetanus, a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person. Any person not vaccinated against tetanus is at risk.

Where can I learn more?

Click on the vaccine name above to access the HealthLink BC file for more information about the vaccine, including possible reactions and who should not get the vaccine.

About tetanus 

  • Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is caused by bacteria usually found in dirt, soil, and dust.
  • When the bacteria enter the skin through a cut or scrape, they produce a poison that can cause painful tightening of muscles all over the body.
  • It is very serious if the breathing muscles are affected.
  • Up to 1 in 5 people who get tetanus may die.
Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020
Date last reviewed: 
Monday, Apr 06, 2020