Tetanus Shots Available in Laredo, TX

Tetanus Shots Laredo TX When was the last time you had a tetanus shot? If you can’t remember or if it was more than 10 years ago, you’re due for a booster to protect you against tetanus, a life-threatening bacterial infection that affects the nervous system.

Tetanus is caused by a strain of bacteria (Clostridium tetani) commonly found in dust, soil and animal feces. If the bacteria enter your body through a break in your skin, such as a puncture wound from a rusty nail or an animal bite, it can grow and produce a powerful toxin (tetanospasmin) that may interfere with your muscle control. Tetanus infection can cause severe stiffness and painful muscle contractions. Also known as “lockjaw,” it can also cause your jaw muscles to lock, making it difficult to open your mouth or swallow.

Protect Yourself From Tetanus With a Booster Shot

Although the risk of tetanus is high in developing countries, it is relatively low in the United States, mainly due to the prevalence and effectiveness of tetanus shots. For adults who received basic immunizations as a child, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recommends a tetanus booster every 10 years. Typically, adults are given a combination tetanus vaccine, such as:

  • Td – Protects against both tetanus and diphtheria, a contagious bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose and throat, which can interfere with breathing and swallowing
  • Tdap – Protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, a contagious respiratory infection also known as whooping cough

If you’re uncertain about your immunization record, it’s best to err on the side of caution. You can safely receive a Tdap vaccine at any time, regardless of when last you had a Td booster shot. Additionally, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you should still seek immediate medical attention if you have a deep or dirty wound, which may require antibiotic treatment.

If you have questions about tetanus shots, VitalMed Urgent Care has answers. Contact us to learn about the comprehensive urgent care services and immunizations we offer in Laredo, TX, or stop by for a tetanus booster today.


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North Clinic 5711 McPherson Rd. Ste 103
Laredo, TX, 78041

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South Clinic 3120 La Pita Mangana Rd. No. 100
Laredo, TX, 78046

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Tel: 956-568-1350   Fax: 956-568-1588

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Since our founding in 2015, VitalMed has set the gold standard for non-emergency urgent care in the Laredo, TX, community. Our medical providers take great pride in making the lives of local individuals, families, employers and employees a bit easier. In non-life-threatening situations, we are a convenient and cost-effective alternative to an ER.

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