How often should you have a tetanus shot?


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Adults should get a Td booster shot every 10 years, which protects the patient from tetanus and diphtheria, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Protection from tetanus weakens as time passes.

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How often should you have a tetanus shot?
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Protection from tetanus should begin in infancy, with a combined diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis shot at two, four and six months and again at 15 to 18 months, according to the CDC. Children should get a DTaP booster shot at the age of 4 to 6 years. At age 11 or 12, children should get a Tdap vaccine for protection from tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. If an adult has not received the Tdap vaccine, he should get it instead of a Td booster shot.

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