If you do not get a tetanus shot, your chance of getting an infection is high. A scratch that gets bacteria, dirt, rust, etc. can become easily infected and can kill you. My uncle almost died from a tiny cat scratch last year, so grit your teeth and get the shot!
I'll never get a tetanus shot. Odds of getting tetanus are about 1 in 10 million. Odds of struck by lightning are about 1 in 1 million. You are 10 times more likely to get struck by lightning than to get tetanus. According to the CDC about 2 out 3 people who get tetanus had a tetnus shot. It is basically a third world disease. No one has immunity to tetanus, even people who have had it recently. The tetanus shot does not prevent tetanus. When they say it is 100% effective they mean that your blood will test possible for the antibodies. Tetanus shot does not contain tetanus it contains the toxins that form after a tetanus infection, the idea of the shot is for your body to be exposed to these toxins so next time your exposed to it your system will react more quickly. There are no tests that I know of that prove it works. Might as well get a shot that saves you from the Boggie man.
you're good to go. tetanus shots last ten years these days. i know. i work in a hospital, and they keep us up to date on all of our shots. recently got my tetanus shot & asked.
You are unlikely to contract tetanus unless the wound is contaminated...<br />
1 in 6.8 million:<br />
20 cases in 2007:<br />
You are quite likely to die if you do contract the disease...<br />
25% - 50% chance of death if you contract generalised tetanus:<br />
page10_em.htm#Outlook <br />
If you don't die, you might need extensive surgery to save your life...<br />
Surgical removal of contaminated muscle is standard practice:<br />
Bottom line: GO GET A SHOT!
I'm guessing from your question, and your photo that you work with horses. In that case, your chances are good that you will have a higher than normal odds of getting tetanus. Cough it up; pull up your big cowgirl panties and get to the doctor and get a tetanus booster. As a barn owner, I wouldn't hire you without proof of current vaccination.
Well I dont think your chances are that high, and I GUARANTEE you, nobody in your community is going to up and murder you... I'd put my life on that one ...they might take you to a hospital and give you medicine...but you'll still be alive...
meh i used to live on a farm.. gto scratched all the time.. and ur supposed to get tetnus every year.. <br />
nad no i dont think ur chances are very high.. <br />
just wash it carefully and watch it later
Even if your chances are 1 in a million, just remember that SOMEONE has to be the one.<br />
Humans have the oddest luck sometimes.. most of the time it's bad. Better that you stack the deck in your favor..<br />
I had the terrible misfortune of watching someone die of Tetanus. It wasn't the death that was so bad.. it was the 2 days and nights beforehand. Her body began to bend up into a knot backwards, and while she was awake and screaming members of her tribe argued who was going to kill her to spare her the pain of the tearing musclues and breaking bones. Finally someone "weakened", and did something thats illegal in THIS country, but would have been understood there. Don't ask who..<br />
Am I scaring you? Good. It's a true story..Get the damn shot before you have to have a different kind of one that will end that pain and any other..forever.
Socially responsible answer: go and get the shot.<br />
Honest answer: I've never had a tetanus shot in my life (family history of severe allergies to the inoculation) and, despite many altercations with rusty metal, old nails, farm animals, etc, I've never caught tetanus.<br />
But seriously, it can kill you. Go and get the shot.
General rule of thumb, if it's been 5 years or more....you should probably get one, to be safe....It's such a minor procedure to endure...I'd go get it.