Is it necessary to have Tetanus shot for finger cut inspite of having vaccination 5 years ago?

default
Posted on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 in Lump
Question: My son cut his finger on a rusty lid last night at work. His immunizations are current....including a tdap five years ago. Does he need another tetanus shot?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 48 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Most probably well protected; but extra shot won't hurt don't you think?

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. You have a very good question and it is always better to clarify such things before assuming. The tap vaccine is given once in a lifetime, but the booster shots should be administered one every 10 years.

As your son has taken the trap vaccine only 5 years ago he should be well protected from tetanus in this case. But in case of severe cuts or very deep cuts we do recommend an extra shot at the hospital, which will not hurt or will not cause any harm what so ever. It is always better to be safe than sorry, don't you think?

I usually recommend a shot to my patients when the contact with dirt or rusted particles was quite large or a deep cut, and so just for our satisfaction he could get another shot. But he is most likely protected from tetanus thanks to the shot taken 5 years ago.

I hope you find my response both helpful and informative. Please do not hesitate to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Shoaib Khan

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

Answered : 9409 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Vaccine

doctor1 MD

i was bitten by a small puppy a week ago, i am on rabbis vaccine course n had 2 doses of vaccine( ie 3rd day, 7th day) on last sat ie 13th oct...

doctor1 MD

I am planning to travel to India from Canada for 3 weeks and want to know if A) I should take vaccination for Hep A and Typhoid B) If yes, is it...

doctor1 MD

Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here...Good morning. My 5-year-old son is frequently burping. His...

doctor1 MD

Hi my name is Dessy and I d like to ask you about my daughter condition, she s 6 months old baby ; has a persistance exzema on her face; its start...

doctor1 MD

I am 38 years old and was scratched by a stray dog 2 days ago. Since I have been bitten by a dog before, I know the drill. I went to buy Rabipur...

doctor1 MD

Hi, I am Amit. I have an open wound in my fingers. 2 days ago, I think but I am not sure, a stray dog licked it mistakenly. Should I take anti -...

doctor1 MD

I have had shingles twice and had treatment and the shingles vaccine . My shingles were on the left side of my body, under the breast and around my...

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

193 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
backtotop2