Essay on Vaccination and Tetanus

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Tetanus Tetanus is a very serious disease and is frequently called lockjaw (National Coalition for Adult Immunization). It was first discovered by a Japanese researcher, Kitasato, in 1889(Family health and family guide). This disease effects the nervous system and is caused by bacteria. It is contracted through a cut or wound that becomes infected. This bacteria is called Clostridium tatani (The doctors from medicine net .com). This bacteria is found all over the world in things such as soil, dust, and manure or the intestines of human beings (National Coalition for Adult Immunization). Tetanus is most common in warm climates and in highly cultivated rural areas ( Wyngaarden, James 1390). The bacteria can get in through even a…show more content…
Tetanus booster shots are recommended every ten years (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). There are some cases in which you should not get the vaccine, such as people who have problems breathing resulting from a dose of tetanus. These people should not take anymore doses of the vaccine. If there is a reason to think that a reaction might happen due to the vaccine, skin testing may be done to find out whether or not to continue with the tetanus vaccine or not to. People who have enlargement of the covering of the brain, (encephalitis), within seven days of DTP immunization should not take additional immunizations containing the vaccine (The doctors from medicine net .com). Potential side effects and reactions to DTP immunization for most children are a slight fever and a cranky attitude for a day or two after getting the shot. Half of them will have a sore spot and some swelling where the shot was given. Occasionally, a child will have a more serious side effect. For every 330 DTP shots given, one child will get a fever of 105 degrees or more. About once in 1,750 shots a child will have convulsions or become limp or pale afterwards. The side effects of a DPT shot do not last long and have not been known to cause any permanent harm (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Tetanus bacteria is everywhere in our environment, both indoors and out, and can enter the body through
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