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Tetanus Vaccination

Tetanus is a serious, but rare condition caused by bacteria getting into a wound.

 

How you get Tetanus

Tetanus is caused by bacteria called Clostridium Tetani. These bacteria can survive for a long time outside the body, and are commonly found in soil and the manure of animals such as horses and cows.

If they enter the body through a wound, the bacteria can quickly multiply and release a toxin that affects the nerves, causing symptoms such as muscle stiffness and spasms.

The bacteria can cause Tetanus, if they get into the body through:

  • cuts and scrapes
  • tears or splits in the skin
  • burns
  • animal bites
  • body piercings, tattoos and injections
  • eye injuries
  • injection of contaminated drugs

Signs and symptoms of tetanus

The symptoms of tetanus usually develop within 4 to 21 days after infection. On average, they start after around 10 days.

The main symptoms include:

  • stiffness in your jaw muscles (lockjaw) – this can make it difficult to open your mouth
  • painful muscle spasms – these can make swallowing and breathing difficult
  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • sweating
  • a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)

At Summit Urgent Care we offer the following vaccines.

  • Tetanus (Td)
  • Tetanus Diphtheria (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Flu shots

After getting the Tdap vaccine as a preteen or teen, adults need to get a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years to stay protected. For adults who didn’t get Tdap as a preteen or teen, the easiest thing to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular Td booster.

Come visit us at Summit Urgent Care immediately if your symptoms persist.

 

Vaccines

The most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by viruses is vaccination. It is important for people at higher risk of serious influenza complications, and for people who live with or care for high risk individuals.

Vaccines teach your body how to defend itself against germs, such as viruses and bacteria.

  • They expose you to a very small, safe amount of viruses or bacteria that have been weakened or killed.
  • Your immune system learns to identify and attack the infection if you are exposed to it later in life.
  • As a result, you will not become ill, or you may have a mild infection. This is the natural way to deal with infections.

Types Of Vaccines

 

At Summit Urgent Care we offer the following vaccines.

  • Tetanus (Td)
  • Tetanus Diphtheria (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Flu shots

Need For Vaccines

After getting the Tdap vaccine as a preteen or teen, adults need to get a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years to stay protected. For adults who didn’t get Tdap as a preteen or teen, the easiest thing to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular Td booster.

Children

For a few weeks after the birth, babies need some protection from germs that cause diseases. This protection is passed on from their mother through placenta. But after a short time span, the natural protection goes away.

Vaccines can help prevent infections that can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses and may lead to lifelong health problems. Because of vaccines, many of these illnesses are now rare.

At our Summit Urgent Care walk in clinics, we provide many vaccine solutions for you and your child’s safety and convenience.

When you need to see a doctor NOW for injury or illness, Summit Urgent Care is convenient and available without an appointment, 7 days a week365 Days a Year! We have locations in East Point, Newnan, and Fayetteville, GA. Servicing the nearby cities of Sharpsburg, Peachtree City, College Park. Every member of our team, from board-certified doctors has the same patient focus and is dedicated to delivering the best possible care.

Flu Season Ahead

87% of employers report that sick employees who show up to work are suffering from short-term illnesses such as a cold or flu, which can be easily spread. This cuts company productivity substantially. Flu season can occur as early as August. Early immunization is the most effective, but it is not too late to get the vaccine in December, January, or beyond.

Summit Occupational Medicine offers onsite flu shots. We are also pleased to offer the “intradermal” flu vaccine this year! It has a much, much shorter needle (for those with needle-phobia) and is not injected into the muscle. It has the same efficacy as the muscular injection without the muscle soreness the next day.

To schedule OnSite Flu Shots contact us 1 (888) CLINIC-365.

I have heard of people who don’t get vaccinated against influenza in September or October because they want it to “last” through the entire influenza season. Should people wait until later in the influenza season to be vaccinated?

CDC recommends that influenza vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available in the community and continue throughout the flu season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza, and influenza seasons can begin as early as October. Therefore, CDC recommends that vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

How Flu Spreads

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

    “While news cycles and the public’s attention span about the flu rises and wanes, the flu is not going away and most likely will only get worse this fall,” Capelli-Schellpfeffer said. “Though there is a cost involved in promoting wellness, it is small in comparison to the pricey hit companies take when their workforce is impaired by illness. A flu shot program is an investment that yields big returns for businesses.”

Implement a wellness agenda that includes an annual flu shot.

Call us to schedule your onsite flu shots.

1 (888) CLINIC-365

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