When do I need a tetanus injection?
You could need to have a Tetanus jab if you’ve been injured in an incident that resulted in your skin being broken, and your Tetanus vaccinations are not up to date. You may also be advised to have a Tetanus jab if your vaccinations are not up to date and you are travelling to a country where there if a risk of Tetanus. You can seek travel advice on Tetanus from the travel clinic here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.
What is Tetanus?
Tetanus (sometimes referred to as Lockjaw) is rare here in the UK, but it is non-the-less a serious disease. In some cases it can, if left untreated, prove fatal. It is caused by bacteria that are often found in soil and faeces.
When to seek guidance from an injury perspective
If you are worried about Tetanus following an injury, you should seek medical advice if:
- You have a deep wound
- The wound is contaminated by dirt or a foreign body
- You Tetanus vaccinations are not up to date or you are not sure if they are
If, following your accident you experience muscle spasms, you need to seek urgent medical attention from a nearby hospital A&E department, or a nearby clinic.
Tetanus vaccinations for injury victims and travellers
For adults who have either been injured or who are travelling, and are not fully protected against Tetanus, they are offered a combination vaccine called Revaxis. This vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects against Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus.
Guidance on Tetanus vaccination from Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work here in London and you are concerned about Tetanus, having sustained an injury, you can use the walk-in services we offer here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. If you require travel advice about Tetanus, you can make use of our walk-in travel clinic.