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[Nov. 6th, 2008|02:43 pm]
Delaying Vaccination

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Last night I was cleaning the closet while my 21 month old played below me, I pulled something down from a shelf and a piece of metal dropped down and hit her on the head. It was the slidey-ruler piece to a paper cutter, no sharp parts on it. Yet her head was cut and bled. I mentioned it to a friend and she says I might have to get her a tetnus shot. The metal was clean, new, and not rusted.

She had all recommended shots up to 4 months, including DTAP. Do I really need to get her a shot? I'm reluctant to ask my doctor because he is pro-vaccination. Thanks!

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[User Picture]From: theretohere
2008-11-06 09:12 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you what to do, but I personally wouldn't get one for a wound that bled. Also- if a dr is truely concerned about tetnus he won't push the vax, but tetnus immunoglobbin.
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[User Picture]From: orbg
2008-11-06 09:51 pm (UTC)
DTaP is tetanus =) So you should be fine.
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[User Picture]From: orbg
2008-11-06 09:51 pm (UTC)
well, diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis, it's a combo
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[User Picture]From: andme
2008-11-07 03:37 am (UTC)
I was reading that adults are supposed to get it every 10 years, so I think if it was 1 1/2 ago, she should be ok!
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[User Picture]From: the_questess
2008-11-06 10:45 pm (UTC)
Tetanus doesn't come from rust, but dirt. It's only a risk in dirty puncture wounds.

The bacteria that releases tetanoid toxin grow and lives in dirt and dies with exposure to oxygen. This means that you need dirt (or the feces of animals who eat things from the ground, like chickens) to get into the wound, and get deep up inside of a puncture where it's cut off from oxygen.

So, this definitely not a case for tetanus risk. Since it's a head wound, it's not a deep puncture... and the paper cutter thing certainly wasn't dirty (at least I would assume).


So, just treat it like any other wound. :-)



And, like the others said, the DTaP includes a tetanus vaccine anyways. :-)

Edited at 2008-11-06 10:47 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: andme
2008-11-07 03:40 am (UTC)
Thaaaankyou. I feel so much better now. I knew that DTaP includes tetanus, but I guess I didn't know too much about tetanus.
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[User Picture]From: rredhead
2008-11-07 07:15 pm (UTC)
You don't need a tetanus shot. Tetanus bacteria are anaerobic - they can't live in the air. They live in dirt and feces. So, unless the metal was buried in dirt in your closet, you need not worry about tetanus.
Rust has nothing to do with it, though we've all been convinced that if you step on a rusty nail, you're going to get it.
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