4th October 2019


How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail?

Soon after you get wounded, try to recall the last time you get a shot of tetanus. Tetanus vaccine should be given when you are young and be repeated once every 10 years. When you step on a rusty nail and haven't got the shot in the last five years, you need to go to the hospital within 24 hours to get the shot.

Can you really get tetanus from a rusty nail?

If the tissue of the wound is dying, a doctor will need to remove the tissue. You may have heard that you can get tetanus if you are injured by a rusty nail. This is true only if the nail is dirty and has the tetanus bacteria on it. It is the dirt on the nail, not the rust that carries the risk of tetanus.
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