What is it?
Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that is often contracted through an open wound or animal bite. It causes redness around the wound, fever, headache, jaw and neck stiffness, and can cause breathing problems. An effective vaccination for tetanus is part of the government’s regular schedule.

What to do
Get to the doctor as soon as you suspect tetanus, even if your child has had the vaccine. An injection into the muscle is the immediate treatment of unimmunized people who might have been exposed to the tetanus bacteria. Hospitalisation might be necessary in severe cases. Tetanus is treated with antibiotics.

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