Should I Inject Tetanus Into A Wound That Has Almost Healed?

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The wound has started to improve, the wound has started to be closed, it’s dry too, still need to see a doctor, and get anti-tetanus injection?

1 Answer:

Hello Eky


What kind of injury do you mean? When did the injury occur? What is the condition of the wound, is it dirty and deep? You must include such information in detail. If not, of course we cannot grasp your intentions precisely, moreover we do not do a physical examination of you. Not all injuries are at risk of causing tetanus. Generally, wounds that are susceptible to infection with the bacteria that cause tetanus are those that:

Shaped stab wounds. Such as sharp stab wounds, blunt puncture wounds. Tetanus bacteria multiply in the body environment that does not contain oxygen. The inside of stab wounds, often do not contain oxygen, so that tetanus bacteria can develop.
Dirty and deep wounds.

Anti-tetanus serum contains antibodies that work directly to prevent tetanus infection. Serum must be given immediately after the injury. If the wound has been in days or weeks, then it may be too late to give serum. The more appropriate thing is to provide anti-tetanus vaccine. The vaccine takes at least 2-4 weeks to trigger the formation of antibodies against tetanus bacteria. That is, unlike serum, vaccines cannot provide immediate protection against tetanus. Vaccine protection is preventive in the future if there are more injuries. The tetanus vaccine has a protection period of around 5 years.


It never hurts to see your doctor. If the doctor does not suspect the possibility of tetanus, the doctor will only clean the wound and if necessary prescribe an ointment.


Hopefully this answer can help. Regards.

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