What is tetanus?
Tetanus is a preventable non-contagious disease, which is transmitted through contact with rusty objects. It is a life threatening disease, which is spread by tetanus prone soil, cuts from a soil based instrument as well as animal bites and licks. All travellers are encouraged by the World Health Organisation to be immunised against tetanus and given a booster every ten years. Vaccination reduces the risk of further complications should there be shortages of the tetanus immunoglobulin.
Tetanus is given as part of the combined Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccination:
Where is tetanus found?
Tetanus can be found all over the world and is found mainly in soil. It enters the body through open wounds.
When to get tetanus jabs?
When travelling the vaccine should be administered at least six months before the departure date. However it is not limited to a travel vaccine and can be administered at any time so as to prevent exposure to the infection.
Is the Tetanus Vaccine Suitable for Me?
The tetanus vaccine is suitable for everyone.
Further Tetanus Travel Health Advice
In addition to vaccination, travellers should follow the following precautions, which include washing, and disinfecting any piercing materials used, washing and bandaging any open wound to avoid infection. Wear protective clothing when working in areas with objects that are likely to hurt you and leave an open wound.
Tetanus Diphtheria Polio Vaccination Facts and Figures
- Vaccine name – Revaxis Disease: Tetanus, Diptheria and Polio (not available in individual doses)
- Property – Combined inactivated vaccine
- Administration – By injection, intra muscular (deltoid)
- Dose – 0.5ml pre-filled syringe
- Course – One injection
- Booster – 10 years
- Side effects: local reaction, pain, redness, inflammation, flu like symptoms, GI disturbances.