Tetanus

What it is:

Tetanus is a serious infection that causes progressive stiffness, rigidity, and spasms of skeletal muscle and can be fatal.

How you get it:

Infection occurs with burns and "dirty" wounds or punctures (such as rusty nails, animal bytes garden injuries or accidents).

Where is it common:

Tetanus is a significant public health problem throughout the world especially in non-industrialized countries.

Who should get Tetanus vaccine:

Immunization of international travelers is recommended before travel if their last immunization was 7-10 years ago.

What to expect after vaccination:

Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site are common and may occur more frequently following subsequent doses; this usually disappears and is of no consequence. Severe reaction occurs extremely rarely.