July 26, 2016
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Cuts, Scrapes and Puncture Wounds (cont.)

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Will I need a tetanus shot for a cut, scrape, or puncture wound?

Most people in the United States have been immunized against tetanus (lockjaw). If the affected person has been immunized, a booster shot can be given if they have not had one within 10 years, or if it is a very dirty wound, a booster shot can be given within five years. If affected person has never had a tetanus shot, or if their series is incomplete (fewer than three shots), they might need tetanus immunoglobulin, a medication that can prevent lockjaw.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery


University of Maryland Medical Center. Wounds.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com

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