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Tetanus Risk Factors

Not obtaining the tetanus vaccine or a tetanus vaccine booster vaccine puts individuals at higher risk for tetanus. Wounds, burns, frostbite, or skin breaks exposed to dirt, dust, or animal feces increases the risk of tetanus. Also, deep penetrating wounds (like those obtained from stepping on a rusty or dirty nail) are at high risk for tetanus development. Such a wound may be medically termed a "tetanus prone wound." People who survive injuries during natural disasters (tornadoes and hurricanes, for example) may have multiple tetanus-prone wounds; some may not be identified or known to the patient.

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The word tetanus comes from the Greek tetanos, which is derived from the term teinein, meaning to stretch.

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