Tetanus (Locked Jaw)

What is Tetanus?
Tetanus (locked jaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow.

How is Tetanus transmitted?
Infection generally occurs through wound contamination by spores of Clostridium tetani and often involves a cut or deep puncture wound. Tetanus is not transmitted from person to person.

Why should I take the Tetanus vaccination?
Death occurs in about 10-20% of Tetanus cases, with the highest rates occurring among older people. Tetanus can be prevented by vaccination. We recommend vaccination to anyone who has not taken it.

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