Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vacciantions

Ananja Rajesh, Lea Balcerzak - 3

Prevention

The Tetanus vaccine, as the name indicates, prevents the Tetanus disease.

The most prominent symptoms are muscle spasm which begin in the jaw and then spreads down through the body. Other symptoms include drooling, excessive sweating, fever, irritablility, swallowing difficulty and uncontrolled urination or defecation.

Who is the vaccine for?

The vaccination is given after 2, 4, 6 and 18 months of infancy. A tetanus boosters should be done every ten years. Infants are given the shot four times the first 18 months of infancy. After age 11, it is recommended to get tetanus boosters every 10 years.

This vaccine provides immunity for ten years, but some studies indicate it can provide immunity for up to 12 years.

The tetanus vaccination is required prior to entering kindergarten in the state of Texas.

Possible Side Effects

Possible side effects include, redness, vomiting, seizures, fussiness, and crying.