Tetanus vaccines are very effective at preventing infection. Although tetanus is rare, it does still exist in many countries so getting the vaccination is still very important.
All children, adolescents, and adults need protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. Routine booster jabs are also needed to maintain protection.
Side effects from the vaccine are usually mild and may include:
- Body pain.
- Fussiness (in babies).
- Loss of appetite.
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.
Most people can safely get the tetanus vaccine, but if you had a serious reaction to it previously, speak to your healthcare provider before getting a booster jab.