Tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the nervous system, however, it can ultimately advance to other parts of the body. Because of the vaccine, tetanus is avoidable. A booster will be needed every 10 years to make sure that immunity is still present.
An infection has been associated with:
- animal bites
- piercings, tattoos, drug use, or injury (ie stepping on a nail)
- crush injuries
Symptoms associated with tetanus:
- difficulty swallowing
- spasms or stiffness in muscles such as jaw, abdomen, chest, back or neck
- fast heart rate
- high blood pressure
This test will help to determine if an individual has immunity to tetanus.
Also available in the TDap Titer Blood Test Panel.