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Tetanus diphtheria booster shot

01/25/2008

Question:

I had a tetanus diphtheria boster shot ten years ago. My arm swelled up and got red all the way down to my elbow. It is almost time to get another one and I am a little afraid to. Is it safe to get another one? Thanks.

Answer:

There is no foolproof way of predicting reactions to tetanus vaccine. I would suggest that you request a preliminary prick/puncture test before the vaccine is given.

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Response by:

I Leonard Bernstein, MD I Leonard Bernstein, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati