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Thursday, 13 November 2014


A Little information about Tetanus

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 Here are some key facts about Tetanus that I think we should know:
  • Tetanus is acquired when the spores of the bacterium Clostridium Tetani infect a wound or a newborn's umbilical stump.
  • These spores are universally present in the soil.
  • People of all ages can get tetanus but the disease is particularly common and serious in newborn babies (neonatal tetanus).
  • Neonatal tetanus, which is mostly fatal, is particularly common in rural areas where deliveries are at home without adequate sterile procedures.
  • Neonatal tetanus requires treatment in a medical facility, often in a referral hospital.

Preventing Tetanus

  • Tetanus can be prevented through immunization with tetanus-toxoid (TT) containing vaccines.
  • Neonatal tetanus can be prevented by immunizing women of childbearing age with TT, either during pregnancy or outside of pregnancy. This protects the mother and – and through a transfer of tetanus antibodies to the fetus – also her baby.
  • Clean practices when a mother is delivering a child are also important to prevent neonatal and maternal tetanus.
  • People who recover from tetanus do not have natural immunity and can be infected again and therefore need to be immunized.
  • To be protected for life, an individual should receive 3 doses of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccine in infancy, followed by a TT-containing booster at school-entry age (4-7 years), in adolescence (12-15 years), and in early adulthood.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very educative.thanks
chy babe

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