When Should You Get a Tetanus Shot after a Puncture Wound?

Tetanus, often called “lockjaw,” is a bacterial infection that causes serious painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. The tetanus shot or vaccine has made tetanus a preventable disease. Thanks to its widespread use, it has become very uncommon in the United States. Even so, many adults in the United States need to be vaccinated against tetanus infection because there’s no cure, and 15% to 22% of victims will die. You can’t get tetanus …

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