tetanus toxoid vaccine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving tetanus toxoid vaccine (Tetanus Toxoid Adsorbed)?
You may not be able to receive tetanus toxoid vaccine if you have ever received a similar vaccine that caused any of the following:
If you have any of these other conditions, your vaccine may need to be postponed or not given at all:
You can still receive a vaccine if you have a minor cold. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until you get better before receiving this vaccine.
Vaccines may be harmful to an unborn baby and generally should not be given to a pregnant woman. However, not vaccinating the mother could be more harmful to the baby if the mother becomes infected with a disease that this vaccine could prevent. Your doctor will decide whether you should receive this vaccine, especially if you have a high risk of infection with the bacteria that causes tetanus.
It is not known whether tetanus toxoid vaccine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is tetanus toxoid vaccine given (Tetanus Toxoid Adsorbed)?
This vaccine is injected into a muscle. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or clinic setting.
Tetanus toxoid vaccine is given every 10 years as a booster dose to the tetanus vaccines given during childhood as part of a routine immunization schedule. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by the health department of the state you live in.
Tetanus toxoid vaccine is often given immediately after an injury that causes a wound that may be infected with bacteria that causes tetanus. The next booster dose would then be given 10 years later.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to use.
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