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About Tetanus

Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person. The bacteria are usually found in soil, dust and manure and enter the body through breaks in the skin - usually cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects.

Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from 1996 through 2009. Nearly all cases of tetanus are among people who have never received a tetanus vaccine, or adults who don't stay up to date on their 10-year booster shots.

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Causes and Transmission

Explains how tetanus can spread.

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Symptoms and Complications

Lists symptoms of tetanus.

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Explains how tetanus is diagnosed and treated.

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Prevention

Lists ways to prevent tetanus.

Bacteria
Photos

Photos of tetanus.

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Kid-friendly information and Fact Sheet.

 

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