Tetanus is a serious but rare condition caused by bacteria getting into a wound.

The condition can be fatal if left untreated,but the Tetanus and improvements in treatment mean deaths from tetanus are nowvery rare in the UK. In 2013, there were only seven recorded cases of tetanus in England and Wales, and no deaths.

Most cases occur in people who were never vaccinated against the condition or didn't complete the entire vaccination schedule. People who inject illegal drugs are also at an increased risk.

This page covers:

How you get tetanus

Signs and symptoms of tetanus

When to seek medical advice

How tetanus is treated

Tetanus vaccination

Tetanus vaccination for travel

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Mar 2016