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Find out more about the diseases you may encounter, and the vaccine information that can help protect you.

Tetanus

WHAT IS IT?

  • Tetanus (lockjaw) is a rare but severe disease that causes muscle contractions which can lead to breathing problems and even death6
  • Tetanus can occur if contaminated soil enters cuts or wounds, such as a burn6

PREVENTION TIPS

  • If you did not receive your first (primary) immunization series against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio during childhood or have not received the appropriate booster dose(s), please consult your travel physician
  • If you're traveling with infants or children, you should discuss their immunization needs, especially if traveling for extended periods of time. Plan to keep your child’s immunization schedule up to date.

Consult your travel physician for additional health information.

For more information visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/diseases.htm

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • A booster dose against tetanus and diphtheria is recommended every 10 years, whether traveling abroad or not.7 Be sure you are up to date
  • Consult your travel clinic physician to determine which vaccines are appropriate for you

HELP PROTECT YOURSELF

Vaccines can help protect you from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world. Make certain you contact your health care provider and determine which vaccines you should receive before you travel.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need. Tetanus is included in these vaccines.

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Diseases to Guard Against

When you’ve added your destinations, it is recommended that you take this list to your doctor so you can discuss relevant vaccinations before you travel.

Travel vaccines help protect you from illnesses present in other parts of the world, and help prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need.

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