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Tetanus Prophylaxis

All wounds sustained in an outdoor environment carry some risk of tetanus, and it is common practice in many countries for babies to be inoculated routinely against the disease. Primary tetanus inoculation involves a course of three injections administered over a period of 6 months and confers long-lasting immunity. Most people have received these initial injections at young ages, in schools and in the military service. An incomplete course means incomplete protection, and people should be encouraged to be aware of their inoculation status and to comply with instructions given by their doctor. It is usual for a booster dose of vaccine to be given at the time of any wound that needs medical attention and is potentially contaminated.

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