DC Vaccination Services - Tetanus
What is Tetanus?
- certain animal bites and scratches
- puncture type wounds in a contaminated environment e.g., gardening injuries
- eye injuries
- wounds containing foreign bodies.
- bone fractures with broken skin
- wounds in people with bloodstream infections
- body piercings, tattoos and injections
- injecting contaminated drugs
Who is at risk from Tetanus?
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of tetanus are:
- stiffness in your jaw muscles (lockjaw), which can make it difficult to open your mouth
- painful muscle spasms, which can make it difficult to breathe and swallow
- a high temperature
- a rapid heartbeat
Can I use the DC tetanus Vaccination Service?
- You are travelling to an are where cholera is common, and you will be vising remote places without access to medical care
- You are an aid or disaster worker going to an area where a cholera outbreak is likely.
Those with acute gastrointestinal illness or high temperature may need to postpone taking the vaccines until acute illness is settled.
Your DC pharmacist will double check your suitability for the vaccine.
What are the side effects to the tetanus Vaccine?
The 3-in-1 teenage booster (Revaxis®) is a very safe vaccine and is used widely in the UK as part of the national immunisation programme.
As with all vaccines, more than 1 in 10 people may experience minor side effects, such as swelling, redness or tenderness where the injection is given. Sometimes a small painless lump develops, but it usually disappears in a few weeks. Other common reactions include:
- feeling dizzy
- feeling or being sick (nausea and vomiting)
- high temperature
Between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 may experience swollen glands and muscle pains and very rarely (fewer than 1 in 1000) may experience joint pains and allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. The healthcare professional administering the vaccine will be fully trained in how to deal with the severe allergic reactions and most people recover completely with treatment.
What happens next?
- Book a virtual consultation via online portal
- A DC pharmacist will review your suitability for the yellow fever vaccine service
- Receive vaccine at our centres
How long will this take?
The first consultation will take 15 – 30 minutes (depending on your past medical history). The vaccination appointment will take 30 minutes (including a 15 minutes observed wait in case of severe reaction)