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Did you get your flu shot?

Flu-ShotWe spend our time making sure that our kids are up-to-date with their well visits and immunizations for school, sports, etc.  But we only think about ourselves once a year when it’s time to get our flu shot.  Aside from the flu shot, when is the last time that you got tetanus shot?

Adults should get a tetanus shot every 10 years.  A friend of mine learned this the hard way a few weeks ago when he got bitten by his neighbor’s dog while getting the mail.  He kept saying that the bite wasn’t that bad, but his family convinced him to go to the doctor to get it checked.

Once the doctor saw the bite that broke the skin and was bleeding, he insisted that a tetanus shot was needed.  Sadly, my friend had a tetanus shot 10 years ago, so he was due.  The doctor said that when it comes to bites, the safest of bites is from a dog, the next is cats – whose sharp teeth can really puncture the skin, and the worst is a human bite.

Tetanus can enter the body through a cut or other wound. Tetanus bacteria are commonly present in soil, dust, and manure. The tetanus bacteria can infect a person even through a tiny scratch. But you are more likely to get tetanus through deep punctures from wounds created by nails or knives. The bacteria travel through the bloodstream or nerves to the central nervous system.  This is why it is so important to stay up-to-date on your tetanus shot, along with the annual flu shot, so that you can be protected if you are ever in a situation where you are exposed to tetanus.

Make sure that you stop by CVS, Shoprite, Rite Aid or anywhere that offers flu shots.  As our kids are exposed to germs everywhere in school on the playground, during lunch, sharing pencils, etc., it’s best to try to keep everyone as happy and healthy as possible.  Flu shots are typically free, so do yourself a favor and get yours now.

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