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Information about Tetanus

The bacteria that causes tetanus exists all around us, especially in soil and dirt. However it requires a wound in order to enter the body. Within eight days of injury, the infected person will experience muscle spasms so severe that limbs can be broken. This is usually most noticeable in the jaw, and is fatal in about 30% of cases. Survivors may have permanent damage, usually to the heart.

After inoculation with the DT or DTacP-Hib it is normal for infants to be slightly feverish, and off their food. Keep a close eye on the symptoms so that you can discuss them with your doctor. Rare cases of severe reactions have been experienced.

See also:

Immunisation - Age of baby

Immunisation - Controversy

Immunisation - Chicken Pox

Immunisation - Diphtheria

Immunisation - German Measles

Immunisation - Hepatitis A

Immunisation - Hepatitis B

Immunisation - Hib Disease

Immunisation - How does it work

Immunisation - Measles

Immunisation - Mumps

Immunisation - Pertussis

Immunisation - Polio

Immunisation - Reducing impact on baby

Immunisation - Rubella

Immunisation - Safety

Immunisation - Schedule

Immunisation - Tuberculosis

Immunisation - Varicella

Immunisation - Whooping cough


 
   
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