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    Question tetanus!

    hey guys, i just cut myself on some steel and it did bleed a bit.(ok im not sooking )

    Now my first question is...in what year at school were we given the tetanus shots? 7, 9 or 10?

    Also, how long do the shots last? And can I have a shot while Im pregnant? And do I need one if the cut wasnt deep?

    Thanks cherubs


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    danni

    i think tetnus shots last around 10yrs, i can't remember when i had it at school but i know i have had if a few times since leaving school. i would give your gp or midwife a call and just see, better to be safe

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    I'm pretty sure i got mine in year 10.

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    most VIC schools do them in yr 10.
    I missed mine because I was sick, and still haven't had it.

    **ETA - I'm not advising you not to have it...I think you should make some enquiries, and if you've cut your hand I hope you are at the doctors!

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    The current education about the tetnus shot is that once you have one in high school - you don't need to have another one unless you have cause to. Injuring yourself with a rusty object would count as cause. Danni - I would give the site a good clean and call the doc to get their opinion about needing a booster shot.

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    Danni, I would speak to your doc about it. Usually you do get a booster shot if it's been more than a few years I think...??

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    I have had to have a few tetnus in the past 6 years because of workplace incidents involving dogs teeth... LOL I had one and 2 years later had to have another one because they felt like I should have it even though the bite was only small.

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    Danni - realistically, if you are reading this on Saturday - don't worry - you will be fine. You are also only a spring chicken so your one from school should still be fine.

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    My Doc told me the shot lasts for 10 years. I'd ask the doctor about what would be the best thing to do.

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    Being an engineer and working in prodution environments (well maybe in my previous life ) I have had to get one done every 5 years or so. I always seem to be tripping over and standing on a nail or cutting my hand on something sharp. They hurt like snot.
    I think if its been more than 5 years they like to give you another one to be on the safe side. Not sure how it works with pregnancy - hopefully you'll be fine

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    ok i rang my ob and he said it lasts for 10 years. However i wouldnt need one anyway unless the wound was getting infected, deep and looking yuck.

    No needles for me thanks guys!

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    MG your a legend!!! I ahve a severe needle phobia & my last one was at school I think it wsa the middle of year 9? As I didnt continue in to yr 10... Anyways I am stoked about what you wrote, coz I am petrified of ever needing another!

    I know it's pathetic I can birth children but not have 1 needle... blood tests make me nervous wrecks & yet once in labour I just dont feel pain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fi View Post
    They hurt like snot.
    ROTFLMAO Love it!

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