Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Yarra Medical stocks a full range of travel vaccines including the tetanus vaccine.
The best defence against the tetanus bacterial disease is the tetanus vaccine, though it is worthwhile noting that it won’t make you immune. Those travelling overseas to parts of Asia, South America or Africa should be vaccinated. The tetanus vaccine comes in several forms, all of which are combination vaccines including protection against other serious diseases. To find out which one is suitable for you, come in and speak with us.
Side effects of the tetanus vaccine
All tetanus combination vaccines are safe and side effects are uncommon, but you may experience a lump or pain at site of injection, mild fever, irritability (particularly in children) or drowsiness. These symptoms are generally mild and do not require any specific treatment.
Pregnancy and the tetanus vaccine
The tetanus vaccine that also includes protection against diphtheria and whooping cough is recommended during the third trimester of pregnancy or as soon as possible after birth. You can also receive this vaccine if you are breastfeeding. Come in and speak with us if you have any queries.
What is tetanus?
Tetanus is a serious disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. The bacteria produce a toxin in your blood stream that affects the nervous system and causes severe muscle spasm in the neck and jaw (hence its alternate name, lockjaw). Around 10% of people who contract tetanus die, with the elderly and infants most at risk of dying.
Symptoms of tetanus can include muscle spasm in the neck or jaw, problems with swallowing and breathing, fits that can last minutes, heart problems and fever. Symptoms usually occur between 3 and 21 days after infection.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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