Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria clostridium tetani found in a soil, dust and cinimal faecus. When they enter a deep flesh wound, spores of the bacteria may produce a powerful toxin tetanospasmim which acts on various areas of your nervous system..
Tetanus is also called “Lockjaw” because it often causes a person neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow. It can also cause breathing problems, severe muscles spams, seizures and paralysis.
Complete recovery can take months if left untreated, tetanus can be fatal.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against tetanus, a serious disease caused by bacteria toxin that affect your nervous system. Adults should receive tetanus boosters shot every 10 years.
Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that leads to stiffness of your jaw muscles and other muscles. It can cause severe muscles spasms, make breathing difficult and ultimately threaten your life. Tetanus bacteria can enter your body through even that tiniest cut or scratch. But deep puncture wounds such as from stepping on a nail and are most susceptible to tetanus infection.
If you suffer any of such injury and it been more than five years since your last booster, you should receive another tetanus shot. If you can’t recall when last you received a tetanus shot, you should get a booster especially if you’re pretty sure it was more than five years ago.
Those who have never berm immunized against tetanus should receive the initial tetanus dose, there are tetanus shots given over a period of seven months.
Tetanus is different from other vaccine preventable diseases in that it does not spread from person to person. The bacteria are usually found in the soil, dust and manure and they enter the body through breaks in the skin.
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