How Many Times Are TT Injections Given?
Good morning doctor, before getting married I got TT immunization at the local health center. however, the puskesmas said that the injections were carried out periodically. but I don’t go there anymore doctor. aka don’t inject TT anymore.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Vaccine or TT (Tetanus Toxoid) immunization is an immunization given to avoid tetanus. Tetanus is common in developing countries, can affect both adults and newborns who go through unhygienic delivery. Tetanus is a life-threatening disease. The danger comes from the bacterial toxin Clostridium tetani which can be found in all types of soil, dust in the house, human waste, animals, and rusted iron. Because of the potential for death it can provide, prevention efforts in the form of TT immunization for women who want to get married and become pregnant are highly recommended.
Regarding your question, this vaccine after being given once, will usually be given again at regular intervals 1 month after the first injection, and 6 months later after the second injection, and 1 year from the third injection to provide protection from tetanus for 5 years. If given another 1 year from the 4th injection, the protection will be 25 years with a total of 5 times from start to finish.
In your case if you don't get the booster shot after the first one, the effect will be that the length of protection you get won't be long, only about 4 weeks. Therefore, when 4 weeks have passed, you should repeat the injection from the beginning. Our advice, you should confirm your condition again with your obstetrician to avoid misunderstandings. But in essence, injection of TT immunization is important for women, especially those planning to become pregnant, both for themselves and for the fetus they are carrying, and this immunization must be done periodically to provide optimal protection. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa