Post # 1
So I stepped on a rusty nail/ needle and it went about .5 in into my foot, I had to pull it out but it only bled a little. I’m 21 weeks pregnant and haven’t had my tetnis shot in about 7 years. Should I be concerned?
Post # 3
@Mrslovebug: You should call your doctor, sooner than later. Not 100% chance you will have tetanus but you should have it checked out just to be safe.
Post # 4
I’d call your doctor as soon as you can. It’s probably nothing, but it doesn’t hurt to be careful, especially when pregnant!
Post # 5
@Mrslovebug: I do believe that a tetanus vaccine lasts about 10 years before you need it again, but I would definitely contact your OB to make sure. Good luck.
Post # 6
My DH steps on rusty nails pretty frequently–Your dr will probably reccommend getting a booster!
Post # 7
so you haven’t gotten the pertussis booster? it’s the same shot.
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/tdap-pregnancy-hcp.htm the t in tdap stands for tetanus
Post # 8
@Mrslovebug: I would definitely go to your doctor ASAP. He will likely want to give you a another tetanus shot (which is okay to get when pregnant.) Better to be on the safe side! Tetanus is NOT a good disease to get.
Post # 9
@li612: yep, if you are pregnant you should be getting TDAP unless you have some other health issues that preclude you from getting vaccinated.
Post # 10
I will call my OB in the morning, thank you all. I don’t recall getting any shots during the pregnancy, only blood drawn but I will definately call them, the spot the nail went in is already swelling, I spent all day at the OB office today, they are gonna be sick of me lol
Post # 11
@Mrslovebug: I hope everything goes well! That sounds painful. Pregnant ladies don’t need anything else to worry about.
Post # 12
@Mrslovebug: Most shots only require a booster every 10 years, make sure it’s noted that they give you the shot if you get one now. You’re not supposed to have one more than every 2 years, and they will usually give you the dTap in the hospital. Mine was practically administered without asking me-
Post # 13
The other bees are right, the tetanus vaccine lasts 10 years, but if it has been more than 5 and someone is exposed to something like a rusty nail, we typically give a booster anyway. They will likely give you Tdap for the pertussis protection also (most recent guidelines from the CDC recommend women get a Tdap booster with EACH pregnancy for the pertussis protection). Of course this is all assuming you don’t have any contraindications to the vaccines or other health conditions/allergies that may play a role. (This is from my experience, I’m a pharmacist in an emergency dept). I’m glad you’re going to your doctor soon, gotta keep yourself and your little one healthy!
Post # 14
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@Mrslovebug: My dad was saying this weekend his doctor of like 50 years, in his ENTIRE LIFE, has never, ever once seen a tetanus case and that no one really keeps up with their shots. He said the doctor doesn’t even know why they require it.
Hope that makes you feel better!
Post # 15
Thank y’all, your words and advice have helped me feel much better. I still should of course follow up with my OB, especially since a week ago I also sliced my finger on a piece of rusty metal, I don’t know what it is but I seem to be drawn to rusty metal this week lol. I was able to clean the finger out but the foot isn’t really possible to clean well so I’ll call my OB in the morning and see what they say 🙂