This page lists a feature story (articles of interest to health consumers searching the internet), graphic, podcasts, print materials, and videos related to tetanus (Clostridium tetani).

Web Feature

walking barefoot at the beach

Tetanus: Make Sure Your Family Is Fully Immunized
Playing outdoors can mean getting cuts that may become infected with bacteria commonly found in soil, including the ones that cause tetanus. Tetanus vaccines can help prevent tetanus disease…


Tetanus vaccines for DTaP, Tdap, and Td.

People of All Ages Need Tetanus Vaccines (in Spanish)
This graphic highlights CDC’s tetanus vaccination recommendations for young children, preteens, and adults.


Washing hands

Preventing Tetanus after a Disaster
When cleaning up after a disaster, be careful of cuts and wounds. To prevent infection, including tetanus, clean all cuts and wounds with soap and clean water, use antibiotic ointment, and cover…

CDC radio

Preteen and Teen Podcasts
Although most vaccinations are given early in childhood, teenagers have immunization needs as well.


Adult Immunizations

Adult Immunizations [3:59 minutes, Date Released: 8/13/2010]
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection.

Get the picture: childhood immunization

Get The Picture: Childhood Immunizations [6:27 minutes, Date Released: 4/13/2009]
After talking with parents across the country, CDC put together this short video to help answer the tough questions that real moms had about childhood immunizations. Understanding the importance of vaccines is crucial for you to protect your children’s health.

Preteen and teen video

Preteen and Teen Videos
These fun ads, in English and Spanish, remind you that shots aren’t just for babies—preteens and teens need vaccines, too.

Print Materials

Tetanus for parents the basics

Printed size: 8-1/2″x 11″
Tetanus for Parents: The Basics
This fact sheet describes symptoms of infection, as well as benefits and risks of vaccination.

Tetanus for parents in Depth

Tetanus for Parents: In Depth
This fact sheet describes symptoms of infection, benefits and risks of vaccination, details about the vaccine, and history of the disease.

Tdap Vaccine for parents and teens

Tdap Vaccine for Preteens and Teens: Information for Parents
This fact sheet answers general questions about the booster shot that protects preteens and teens from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).