Your child may need a tetanus shot update if he or she gets a cut or open wound. Check your child’s vaccination records to know when he or she last received a tetanus shot and follow these guidelines:
At After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care, tetanus booster shots are available for patients with new wounds. There is no advantage to your child getting a tetanus booster if they are up to date with their shots and don’t meet the guidelines above. Our providers will advise of whether a booster is recommended.
You generally have about three days to get a tetanus booster shot, so you may choose to get one for your child at your primary care pediatrician’s office, especially if you’re not sure of your child’s shot status. If your child has not been vaccinated against tetanus, you may be sent to the closest appropriate Emergency Department to get tetanus immunoglobulin in addition to the regular tetanus shot.