I have to get a tetanus booster in order to attend a new school this semester because I haven't had one in the last ten years. Is there anything I should be aware of? Plan for any side effects?
The doctor also wants me to have a TB test? Something about there being a bubble and I have to go back 3 days later so they can look at the bubble on my arm? Is this a necessary thing?
Last thing, I'm having blood work done the same day, first thing in the morning after "fasting" (sleeping) 8 hours. Should I get the shots before or after they take blood, or does it not matter?
asked byKim_30 (591)
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on January 15, 2014
at 02:34 AM
Tetanus Booster side effects = none for most people (usually just redness/soreness, like most vaccines). Standard to have every 10 years + when you jab yourself on a rusty nail. TB is big now because of all the resistant variants of it coming up from Mexico and other countries. Especially a concern in colleges that have a lot of foreign students coming in. Extremely easy to spread (airborne). For example, recently a single carrier was on a plane and they had to inform the whole planeload of passengers (and found several of whom to be infected afterwards). When I was back in college, they had a Measles outbreak (because of a foreign student) and had to have a big push for immunizations (it took out the football quarterback for a while). Re. vaccination, it should be after the blood is taken. You don't want it contaminating any results (depending on the test).
on January 14, 2014
at 10:18 PM
I had a tetanus shot last May when I got bitten by my neighbor's dog, and it went fine. Sure, Grok may not have had tetanus boosters, but they shouldn't be anything to worry about.