Mild side effects of Tetanus Shot
Mild Tetanus shot side effects include:
- joint pain
- tenderness or a lump where the vaccine was given
Tetanus Shot Severe side effects
Severe Tetanus shot side effects require urgent medical attention and include:
- allergic reactions
- like breathing deficiency
- hives or swelling or other life threatening allergic reactions
Severe adverse effects are rare.
What is Tetanus shot used for?
Tetanus shot, on its generic name Tetanus toxoid, is a vaccine that contains a small amount of bacteria for fighting against bacteria in your body. Tetanus is considered to be a severe disorder that is caused by bacteria in the body. This disease leads to painful tightening of the muscles all over the body in most of situations. It may lead to the locking of mouth or swallow, so the patient will not be able to open his swallow or mouth. 1 patient out of 10 victims dies because of tetanus.
When you get the vaccine, you receive a small amount of bacteria in your body that will improve your immunity against the bacteria. This vaccine is helpful in preventing children older than 7 years of age and adults from tetanus.
Tetanus Shot Interactions and Risks
- You have a serious condition with fever or if it’s about any type of infection. You are required to wait, so you get better before receiving the vaccine.
- You received a similar vaccine that caused a neurologic disease or a condition that affected your brain. In this case, you may not be able to receive a Tetanus shot.
- You ever presented allergic reactions to this shot or any other vaccine.
- You have a blood-clotting or bleeding disease, easy bleeding or bruising, a history of Guillain Barre Syndrome, allergy to latex rubber, weak immune system or currently receive treatments that weaken your immune system, like chemotherapy, radiation or steroids. In these situations, your vaccine may not be given at all or may need to be postponed.
- You encountered life-threatening allergic reactions to any vaccines after the first shot.
- The first shot caused you side effects. You must tell your doctor about the side effects that you encountered after the first shot, before receiving the second one.
- You encounter deep, aching pain and muscle wasting in the upper arms. This reaction is rare but severe that may last for a long time because of Tetanus shot.
Tetanus shot and pregnancy
Pregnant women are not allowed to receive a Tetanus shot because a vaccine is considered to be extremely dangerous to the infant. However, if the mother gets an infection that may be treated with a vaccine, it’s better to receive the shot because leaving such an infection untreated is more dangerous than gettingthe vaccine. Your doctor is the only person who can decide if you may receive a Tetanus shot or not, during pregnancy.
Tetanus shot and breastfeeding
It is not known if Tetanus may pass into breast milk or not. Therefore, we can’t know if it harms the nursing baby or not. It’s prohibited to receive this vaccine during breastfeeding without medical advice.