The whole USA only 40-50 cases ANNUALLY of TETNUS...if you get a puncture wound, or a sore, just do it...get the shot. Nothing like being one of the few nurses in the whole USA caring for somebody with TETNUS...to learn more than ya want to ever know about LOCKJAW.
Did you know that if you have lockjaw:
1. You require respiratory support...ie...a trach, because much liike meningitis ya cannot bend your neck.
2. That you will have TETNANY all over which means you are like in a spasm all over...particularly your face...ie: LOCKJAW. (kinda like grinding your teeth all night long, except with a bite block in...and loosened or broken teeth)
3. You probably won't live no matter what is done for you, because by the time it is reconized, being so rare and all, it is usually too late.
LOCKJAW...TETNUS...ANOTERH SUCKY WAY TO DIE.
JUST DO IT...GET IMMUNIZED!
Damn, I guess you can tell it was another hellious night.....tucking bundles of ice packs under 102.8 degreee armpits....
Damn, one more beer and I may just be unwound enough to go to bed. I think I've gritted my teeth all shift trying to do everything I can....wish I could just make everybody well. No body deserves to suffer like this.