Vaccine recommendations for tetanus-prone wounds
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Vaccine recommendations for tetanus-prone wounds - flow chart for clincians to easily determine if a patient requires immunisation against tetanus
The diphtheria and tetanus vaccine used as a booster dose is Adsorbed Diphtheria and Tetanus (ADT® Booster) which helps protect against the following diseases :
This vaccine is also available as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine.
The ADT vaccine is recommended if you are:
ADT vaccine is given as an injection into the top of the arm.
Like any medications, the ADT vaccine can have some minor and short-lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Booster doses of a diphtheria, tetanus combination vaccine can result in extensive limb swelling, which involves the area around the injection site becoming red and/or swollen and extending to the shoulder and/or elbow. This resolves completely within a few days and generally requires no treatment.
Although very rare, other side effects may include:
If you are concerned or worried, seek further advice from your doctor, immunisation provider, SA Health’s Immunisation Section or healthdirect Australia.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.