Why do we need Tetanus Injections?
Now that the monsoon is here, the rains have brought a plethora of germs and bacteria. That’s the reason why diseases increase in number during this season. Tetanus is one such disease that observes a spike in its numbers when the weather is damp and unhygienic. In such circumstances, the only definite way to avoid Tetanus is by getting vaccinated. Let’s find out more.
What is tetanus?
Also known as lockjaw, Tetanus is a bacterial infection that results in abnormal behaviour of the nerves in the body, leading to painful spasms of the muscles in the abdomen, neck, and limb extremities. If unchecked, these Tetanus spasms can even result in death. The reason why it’s called lockjaw is because these spasms can even cause stiffness of the jaw, resulting in getting “locked”.
How can we get Tetanus infection?
Tetanus is a form of bacterial infection that is transferred into our body through open wounds or cuts. This bacterium is mostly present in the ground and in manure. Infection happens mostly through cuts received through rusty nails or deep lacerations from falling down on the street. Although rare, even tiny scratches can be enough to cause Tetanus infection. Because of its easily spreading nature, we need to vaccinate our immune systems to be able to fight with these dangerous bacteria.
How does Tetanus harm humans?
Tetanus infection can affect humans quite seriously and negatively. The most common symptoms seen in patients of Tetanus infection are –
Because of its severe consequences, a vaccination to protect us against Tetanus infections is always the smart thing to do.
How to receive Tetanus injections?
Tetanus injection should be received within 24 hours of injury on the shoulder (deltoid) muscle. Generally, we receive Tetanus injection as children. If you haven’t been immunized as a child with the primary series of Tetanus injection, then you definitely need the vaccine. You should also get a Tetanus shot if you have received the primary series as a child, but not had a Tetanus booster in the last 10 years. You should also go for the shot if you have just recovered from Tetanus and have cut yourself externally in some way.