Global Tetanus

Updated February 24, 2023

Tetanus can only be prevented by vaccination. Worldwide, 75 million women and their babies remain unprotected against maternal and neonatal tetanus. CDC works with partners to support the achievement and maintenance of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) and prevent tetanus throughout the lifespan.

Baby being held by a woman, Nigeria 2021.

Woman holds infant who will receive a pentavalent vaccine that contains diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Nigeria, 2021.