Tetanus is found throughout the world, so you should ideally make sure you're fully vaccinated before travelling abroad.
Contact your GP surgery for advice if you're planning on travelling abroad and haven't been fully vaccinated against tetanus, or you're going to an area with limited medical facilities and your last vaccine dose was more than 10 years ago.
If you've never had a tetanus vaccination before, you may be advised to have as many of the three initial doses of the vaccine as possible before you leave (there should be one-month gaps between each dose) and complete the full course when you return.
If you've had the three initial doses of the vaccine but no booster doses, having a booster dose before you travel may be recommended.
If you've been fully vaccinated with all five routine doses, an additional dose of the tetanus vaccine is usually still recommended as a precaution if you're travelling to an area with limited medical facilities and your last dose of the vaccine was more than 10 years ago.
Tetanus is a serious but rare condition caused by bacteria getting into a wound. Read about the symptoms, how it's treated, and the tetanus vaccination.
Tetanus is caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. These bacteria can survive for a long time outside the body, and are commonly found in soil and the manure of animals such as horses and cows.
The symptoms of tetanus usually develop within4 to 21 days after infection. On average, they start after around 10 days. The main symptoms include: stiffness in your jaw muscles (lockjaw) this can
You should contact your GP or visit your nearest minor injuries unit if you're concerned about a wound, particularly if: the wound is deep the wound contains dirt or a foreign object you haven't
If your doctor thinks youcould develop tetanus but you haven't had any symptoms yet, they will clean any wounds you have and give you an injection of tetanus immunoglobulin . They may also give you a
A tetanus vaccination is given as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme . The full course of the vaccination requires five injections, usuallygiven on the following schedule: the first th
Tetanus is found throughout the world, so you should ideally make sure you're fully vaccinated before travelling abroad. Contact your GP surgery for advice if you're planning on travelling abroad and