Tetanus (TD) Vaccinations

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Tetanus and Diphtheria are serious diseases caused by bacteria, but can be prevented with a vaccination. Though both diseases are rare, if contracted, they are very serious and can be deadly.

Without vaccinations, the disease can be transmitted from person to person by a simple cough or sneeze and can also enter the body through a cut or wound.

Tetanus causes the muscles (all over the body) to tighten and stiffen. It can eventually cause tightening of muscles in the neck and head, which can cause lockjaw, restricted swallowing and even breathing.

Diphtheria causes a thick coating in the throat. Leads to breathing problems and eventually paralysis, heart failure or death.

TD vaccination protects adolescents and adults from tetanus and diphtheria. Usually the shot is administered every 10 years. Side effects of the vaccine are not common and mostly mild. Serious side effects are rare and include an allergic reaction with severe pain, bleeding, swelling and redness in the arm where shot was administered. Less than 1 in 1 million people have had side effects from the TD vaccine.

If you are in need of TD vaccine or are interested in more information about the vaccine, please call or visit The Urgent Care.

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