When it comes to needles, most of us cringe at the thought and choose to not subject ourselves voluntarily to any shot we do not have to have. There is one shot that nobody wants to get: a tetanus shot. That sore spot on our arm reminds us of the nurse wearing medical scrubs and uniforms that injected us with the painful liquid. While we might not like getting the shot, it is something that all of us needs.
Tetanus is a serious disease of the central nervous system. This is caused by a toxin that enters the body through an open wound and can sometimes be fatal. The tetanus bacteria live in soil and manure, but is not contagious. Those who contract tetanus have not received the tetanus vaccine. With the high number of vaccinations in the United States, only about 50 cases occur every year. If you have some sort of wound or tissue puncture you could be exposed to tetanus and the doctors wearing medical uniforms will probably give you a tetanus shot just to be safe. Symptoms of tetanus can take anywhere from two days to two months to appear. One of the most well known symptoms of tetanus is lockjaw. Stiffness of stomach and back muscles, fever, sweating, and fast pulse are some other common symptoms.
In the illegally event that you do come down with tetanus, your doctor will prescribe certain medications to help control any spasms you may be experiencing. One of the first things that they will do is to thoroughly clean the area through which tetanus entered your body. You will then go through a series of tetanus antitoxin injections to rid the tetanus from your body.
While you can recover from tetanus, the disease is very serious and it is possible that it could result in death. If you can avoid all the potentially deadly complications that tetanus entails, you need to take advantage of it. The only way to prevent this disease is to get a tetanus vaccine. Since most of us are vaccinated by a nurse wearing men's scrubs at a young age because schools require a complete vaccination record, we still need to keep up to date as adults. It is recommended that adults get a tetanus booster shot every ten years. With such an easy way to prevent a horrible disease, we should all gladly sign up to get that shot!