Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria.
It differs from other vaccine preventable diseases, because it can not be transmitted from person to person. It is often transmitted through deep puncture wounds or cuts, like those made by nails or knives, but it can also enter through tiny pinpricks or scratches.
Tetanus can also be a result of severe burns, ear infections, tooth infections, and animal bites.
Signs & Symptoms: can take up to 3 weeks to appear.
Prevention: It is easily prevented with the DTaP vaccine.
School age children in the State of Florida are required to be vaccinated for Tetanus. The vaccination is known as DTaP because it is combined with Diphtheria and Pertusis. Since it does not contain live bacteria five doses are needed to ensure immunity.