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Should I vaccinate my child for tetanus?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I have a 2 year old who loves digging in the vegie garden which has horse manure on it. I try to keep her out in nature and in contact with earth but recently learnt that tetanus is contracted from animal faces (particuarly horse manure) and contact with soil if you have wound. She is also very into horses and riding etc. So I am considering getting her a single tetanus jab. I understand that Chris Kresser gave only this one to his daughter. Any other unvaccinated paleo parents got thoughts on this?

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:18 AM

If your child dies because you didn't get her vaccinated and allowed her to be in high risk situations, obviously knowingly, that could be considered negligent homicide. Another thing for you to think about and weigh in your decision.

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on February 23, 2013
at 05:28 AM

holy crap sarah thank you for this refreshingly honest and to the point perspective. really very appreciated.

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:40 PM

Vaccinate your child, we don't live in the dark ages anymore. Seriously, I've seen animals die from tetanus, I cannot imagine a human going through that.

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on February 22, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Do you know what tetanus will do to your child if she contracts it, especially since it sounds she is at high risk due to her hobbies and environmental factors? Versus the teeny chance that she could react badly to the vaccination?

We're talking muscle spasms so severe that they can tear the muscles or even fracture the spine. The spasms may affect the respiratory system or throat, making the victim unable to breathe. The lack of oxygen can cause brain damage. Imagine the consequences over the course of her life, even if death doesn't occur. Imagine the pain if she survives. Imagine how the (preventable) tragedy would affect the rest of your family and community. Is that worth your anti-vaccination stance?

I don't advocate all vaccines for every child on the government recommended schedule. I think that the pros and cons of the diseases and the vaccine should be weighed carefully, by each parent. But tetanus? IN A MINUTE.

PS - You don't have to already be a parent to have a valid opinion on vaccinations or preventing terrible diseases.

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on February 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

really!!?? do you know why so many kids are sick with "old" illnesses like polio and measles? cuz people don't vaccinate. i don't understand why you wouldn't if it can make your child healthy. there is so much misinformation about vaccines, and now people are suffering because of that.

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on February 22, 2013
at 09:40 PM

We did/do all vaccines except RotaTeq.

My husband, who is actually trained in pharmacoepidemiology and has worked in the field for years and is currently halfway through his PhD, actually looked into each and every vaccine. RotaTeq was the only one that was not worth the risk profile, in his opinion. We consulted many other MD/PhD epidemiologists, who felt the exact same way.

Chris is not an epidemiologist. These people who have blogs and websites about paleo/primal living are not epidemiologists. While I understand they are well read and I respect their opinions on other matters, unless you are trained to actually work with large amounts of data and can actually conduct your own meta-analysis and large scale models, you don't actually have any authority to speak on the subject of vaccines. (This is coming from a person who used to be rather skeptical of vaccines... until I met dozens of experts on the field who were all immensely pro-vaccine, even if they were against basically any other medication or intervention.)

Bottom line: vaccines save lives. Get them.

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on February 23, 2013
at 05:28 AM

holy crap sarah thank you for this refreshingly honest and to the point perspective. really very appreciated.

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:34 PM

One of my kids went to nursing college and had to go the whole road to get up to date because it was required. Another is going this fall for nursing and it will be the same thing. Another traveled in a foreign country and chose to get up to speed. All but one kid had actual chicken pox, but the older they were, the more sick they were. There have been measles and pertussis outbreaks in our area. Takes serious thought, and we've been rethinking our position and started getting the younger kids shots.

I have a very holistic MD that offers the DT only shot. We were talking about this because my husband was not up to date on tetnus and on his yearly health screening it was recommended he get it up to date. He works around lots of machines and gets cuts and scrapes all the time. Anyway, she's seen tetnus and someone get very sick and nearly die from just a scrape and not the deep puncture wound rusty nail type thing. After I heard this, I was all the more inclined to make sure we all had the tetnus.

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