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How often should you have a tetanus vaccination?

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As of 2015, children should receive one dose of the combination tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months, as well as between the ages of 4 and 6. Adults should receive a tetanus booster shot every 10 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control.

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Common side effects of the tetanus vaccine include fever and swelling at the injection site. In some cases, the vaccine can cause a seizure, a fever over 105 degrees Fahrenheit or nonstop crying for over three hours. Very rarely, the vaccine is suspected to cause permanent brain damage, coma or long-term seizures, notes the Centers for Disease Control.

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