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How soon after an injury do you need a tetanus shot?

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According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, patients who injure themselves with a rusty object need a tetanus vaccination immediately if they have not had one within the past 10 years. A tetanus booster vaccine can prevent tetanus bacteria from infecting the patient.

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According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, an injury with a rusty object can easily allow tetanus bacteria to enter a person's bloodstream, requiring immediate medical help. If that person has not received the tetanus vaccine in the past 10 years, a tetanus booster shot and a tetanus immune globulin shot are required to prevent infection quickly.

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