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Tetanus can be prevented with vaccinations and proper wound care. Vaccinations are given in standard childhood immunizations.
Adults can get vaccinated or receive a booster if it has been 10 years since their last tetanus shot. If you get a cut or injury and you have not had a tetanus vaccine in the past five years, you should seek medical care to get the vaccine.
These vaccinations include:
- DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis): Vaccination series for children under six years of age.
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis): The first booster shot those who have received DTap, or first vaccination for those who haven’t. Pregnant women will receive Tdap as well.
- Td (tetanus and diphtheria): Booster shot 10 years after Tdap.
Talk with your provider about immunizations if you are pregnant.
Ask your doctor whether you or your family members are due for a booster shot.