Tetanus

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What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a toxin (poison) made by bacteria. When the tetanus bacteria invade the body, they produce a poison (toxin) that causes painful muscle contractions. Another name for tetanus is “lockjaw”. It often causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow.

What are the symptoms of Tetanus?

Jaw cramping, sudden involuntary muscle tightening (muscle spasms) – often in the stomach, painful muscle stiffness all over the body, trouble swallowing, jerking, or staring, headache, fever and sweating, changes in blood pressure and heart rate.

Is Tetanus a serious disease?

Tetanus is very dangerous. It can cause breathing problems, muscle spasms, and paralysis. Muscle spasms can be strong enough to break a child’s spine or other bones. It can take months to recover fully from tetanus. A child might need weeks of hospital care. As many as 1 out of 5 people who get tetanus dies.

Why should one get a Tetanus Vaccine?

Tetanus shot protects from tetanus, which can be a very painful and serious disease.

Follow the recommended Vaccination schedule to prevent Tetanus.

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Indian Medical Association (IMA) strongly recommend children & adults receive all vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.

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