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Should I Get a Tetanus Shot?

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 09:18 AM

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Question: It has been over 10 years since my last tetanus shot. I am 54 years old, and I really don’t want this shot. Is it foolish of me not to have it?
 
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
 
Your risk of getting tetanus is less than being hit by a meteor. Unfortunately, doctors recommend the shot with little knowledge of real risk of the disease or complications from the vaccine.

Tetanus comes from exposing deep puncture wounds to soil contaminated with animal feces. Cleaning a wound with a mix of peroxide and betadine will kill all tetanus organisms.

The tetanus vaccine has one of the highest complication rates of any vaccine — equal to that of the hepatitis B and Gardasil vaccines. The evidence suggests that such vaccines among older persons can increase one’s risk of a number of neurological disorders.

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