Tetanus Shot: Just as Bad as Other Vaccinations

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & Child, VaccinationComments: 188

One trend I’ve noticed in recent years among non-vaccinating parents is the tendency to allow their children to be immunized for tetanus as the result of a puncture wound or an injury requiring stitches.

Perhaps the emotional upset the parent is experiencing at the time from their child’s injury is what makes them more open to tetanus immunization.  A more vulnerable emotional state would certainly open the door to getting the child vaxed even if completely unnecessary.

I don’t think emotional state completely explains the more favorable opinion the public seems to have of the tetanus shot versus other immunizations, however.

Why the tetanus shot is considered in a different class than other vaccinations and somehow less dangerous is something I’ve thought about a lot recently.   Why would a non-vaccinating parent allow a tetanus shot especially when there are easy, nontoxic ways to prevent contamination of a wound and the danger of contracting a serious lockjaw infection without a tetanus jab?

I myself suffered a fairly severe and deep cut on my ankle from a freak accident a few years ago but the thought of getting a tetanus shot for the injury never even crossed my mind.  I simply soaked my foot and ankle in warm salt water a couple of times a day for about a week to ensure that it stayed clean and contamination free.

The injury healed up nicely and I never exposed myself to the toxins and lingering health problems that can and do result from a tetanus shot.

My extreme disdain for the tetanus shot stems from the health crisis I experienced that lasted for numerous months from a simple tetanus booster during my first year away at college.

I was a college athlete and was told when I landed a spot on my university’s women’s golf team that I was “required” to get a tetanus booster in order to play.

I didn’t know at the time that I could actually opt out of the shot.  This option was never discussed with me by the school nurse.  She just told me I “had” to get the shot in order to play on the golf team, so like the little college lemming that I was at the time, I rolled up my sleeve and got the shot.

The very next day, I noticed that I could not breathe properly.   Deep breathing was impossible due to the shooting pain that shot through my chest each time I tried to take more than the shallowest of breaths.

I figured I had pulled a muscle or something, so I did my best to ignore the problem for a few days, but it didn’t get any better.

I consulted with a doctor about my condition and was told that I had a neuralgia which is irritation, inflammation or damage to a nerve that causes sharp, shooting pain.  Each time I tried to take a deep breath, the nerve that was affected in my chest was irritated by the movement causing the severe pain I felt with anything but a very shallow breath.

A neuralgia can take quite awhile to heal and in my case, it took the entire first semester of school until I was able to fully breathe again without severe pain.

Did the tetanus shot cause my neuralgia?  I absolutely believe it did.   The pain started within hours of when I received the shot and the ingredients in the shot most definitely could have triggered the nerve inflammation and damage that resulted.

The booster I received at that time was the tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster.  These shots are given every ten years to “maintain immunity” for children nineteen years of age to adults who are sixty-five years of age.

Ingredients in the Td booster include:

  • Aluminum Potassium Sulfate
  • Bovine Extract
  • Formaldehyde or Formalin
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol
  • Peptone,
  • Thimerosal (at the time of my vaccination, thimerosal was still used although it is now supposedly filtered out)

Which Toxic Vaccine Ingredient Most Likely Caused My Neuralgia?

The thimerosal in the Td booster could have definitely caused a neurological problem because this chemical is 49.6% mercury and mercury is a potent neurotoxin even in the tiniest of amounts.

What about the formaldehyde?  Morticians use formaldehyde to embalm people who have died.  It is that clear liquid with a very strong smell that burns your eyes and preserves the frogs and other animals in jars that many of us dissected in high school science class.

Besides being classified as a carcinogen by the National Institute of Health, formaldehyde can also trigger nerve damage and chest pains exactly like what I experienced.  It is estimated that 10-20% of the population may react acutely like I did when exposed to any amount.

2-Phenoxyethanol, while toxic, is not likely the cause of the neuralgia I experienced as the side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Shock
  • Convulsions
  • Weakness
  • Kidney damage
  • Cardiac failure
  • Kidney failure

Peptone is a soluble, liquid protein nutrient medium for growing bacteria.  I wasn’t able to find any side effects from having it injected, but it sure doesn’t sound safe to me.

Aluminum Potassium Sulfate is listed as a current ingredient of the Td booster, but I doubt it was in the one I received years ago as this chemical is the replacement for thimerosal in vaccines but is no less toxic.

The Most Likely Culprit?

After examining each of the toxic ingredients in the tetanus booster I received in college, it is my opinion that the formaldehyde was probably the most likely cause of my breathing problems and months long neuralgia.

While there are no double blind studies to indicate that this common vaccine ingredient may cause respiratory distress and/or neuralgia when injected, I don’t need any.  There is plenty of science on the dangers of even breathing carcinogenic formaldehyde fumes (FEMA trailer anyone?) or having it touch the skin let alone having it injected which is no doubt much worse. I know what I experienced and I know that I will never again have a tetanus shot nor will I allow my children to have one.

The tetanus shot is just as bad as all the others – the ingredients are no less toxic and a single booster can be debilitating even for a young, healthy, college athlete like what I experienced at age nineteen.

If your child experiences an injury requiring stitches and a trip to the doctor, be aware that the tetanus shot will be pushed on you.  If you are a non-vaccinating parent, don’t be fooled.  The tetanus shot is in no way deserving of its “less toxic” and “sometimes useful” reputation.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (188)

  • Katie

    Seems the every 10 year booster thing was pulled out of the air. If I read right the uk doesn’t even do booster shots. Medical persons pressureing patients to get a booster every time one is wounded is crazy.


    April 4th, 2016 7:16 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      Yes, booster shots is a moneymaking scam.

      April 5th, 2016 11:54 am Reply
  • Kevin

    I will never get this Tetanus booster again!!!! I spent the ages from 12-45 in sever pain from amalgam fillings. Something i would never want anyone to go through, along with all the other side effects like depression, upset stomach, weakness, etc. Finalyy after being pain free i get a Tetanus booster. Immediately it all comes back! on my 6th day of no sleep , sever pain and weakness. It ashamed we can trust what is put into our meds like other countries.

    February 12th, 2016 12:07 am Reply
  • Robin

    Tetanus is the one vaccine that you can get after a wound.You actually have a couple of days. I am a certified Classical Homeopath and since the illness is originally entering the body as a puncture, it seems o.k. to get an injection to cure the possible disease. I’m not sure about the vaccine, but feel like if you were exposed to a puncture that was deep, and from a farm tool and you could get JUST the tetanus vaccine…. well, I’d probably do it. Myself, depending on how I could clean the wound and treat myself Homeopathically, which I’ve done successfully before might forgo the vaccine. It used to be that we felt it was o.k. but recent readings of the toxicity have been changing minds. I think it’s a very personal decision. Lockjaw is real and not taken lightly. Tetanus will prevent it. But again you have the choice to get it after a wound. It used to last ten years.

    September 1st, 2015 12:11 am Reply
  • Dasha

    I am not vaccinating my son. And 2 years ago he fell down on a nail. Nail went into his knee ( on a side, thank Gid! Into soft tissue). About 2 inch long. I remember picking him up and watching this piece of wood lifted up as well. I was so scared and angry! I took him to ER where we did x-Ray (everything was good). I asked for peroxide to clean it up. Nurse refuse peroxide as according to him it would damage the tissue and slow down the healing process. The wound was deep and not through out. It was literally only one drop of blood. There was no way we could clean the entire wound. I was told he needs a tetanus shot, a vaccine. I asked how soon does vaccine become effective? Doesn’t he need a few before he would have an immunity? They just kept saying that he need one. I asked for the list of ingredients. They brought me colorful papers with tetanus symptoms and treatments etc. We left. I came home and spent next 24 hours researching and calling Drs from my home country all night to get a consultation ( it’s 12 hours difference). Next day I was convinced we needed a tetanus immunoglobulin shot. Of course, I would rather have none! But in my son’s case injury had occurred, it was deep and there was no way for me to clean it with suggested peroxide. Yes, tetanus is killed by oxygen. And yes, let the wound bleed out. I just couldn’t imagine that next weeks I won’t be able to sleep and look for tetanus symptoms. So decision was made and we went to our dr. Our dr didn’t even know what we were talking about. They offered vaccination with the others DTaP – no thank you! We left and went to ER, again. Of course after being there 3 hours we got immunoglobulin shot and two Popsicles! I read that this shot is very expensive and kept in refrigerator because it has no poisonous preservatives. I didn’t feel better afterwards, but at least I knew we were protected from tetanus for that incident. No, he didn’t get immunity from that shot for life.

    August 31st, 2015 8:15 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    In 2010, I went out of the country to study in Egypt for several weeks….When I returned…I had no period….which was unusual because before I left I was like clock work….Long story short…almost 5 years later still haven’t gotten a period…I believe that the tetanus vaccination left me infertile because that is the only common denominator but my OBGYN doesn’t believe me…she says its just a coincidence and that I am in early menopause….None of the women in my family have ever entered early menopause….

    May 19th, 2015 4:23 pm Reply
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  • Katherine Spencer

    In the article, she writes that she soaked her deep ankle wound in salt water a couple of times a day. Does that mean she did not have stitches? Is it better to leave a deep wound open and heal on it’s own (with salt water soaks and close attention to cleanliness) than to have it stitched up? Are stitches not recommended if one is not vaccinated?

    June 6th, 2014 11:40 am Reply
    • Taylor

      I noticed this as well.

      I am sure the person must have received stiches. Stitches would create many smaller holes at each thread, as opposed to a single large hole.

      Also, a large wound would almost certainly reopen if soaked. Stitches don’t entirely prevent reopening, but they do “hold things together” incredibly well.

      May 7th, 2015 11:57 am Reply
  • evy

    in the ongoing quest for learning…. yesterday I was told at the naturapath that a tentanus unvaccinated person who gets tetanus can (will?) die if they don’t get the immunoglobulin shot. If you live in small town like I do, none of the clinics HAVE the immunoglobulin in stock. Obviously, if one lives within hours of a big city, one could drive to the big city to get the immunoglobulin… is that what is recommended in lieu of vaccinating for tetanus?


    April 24th, 2014 12:56 pm Reply
    • Zoey O’Toole

      Yes, the tetanus immunoglobulin (TIG) shot is what should be done if someone has no history of vaccination with tetanus. Yes, someone CAN die, but there are only an average of 30 cases of tetanus a year in the U.S. and an average of 4 deaths, most of which are in elderly people with diabetes because of the lack of blood flow to the wound. In a healthy adult with good blood flow, there is a very low risk of tetanus.

      April 25th, 2014 9:05 am Reply
    • vforba

      I have read that high amounts of vit c can actually help with tetanus preferably via IV

      August 31st, 2015 6:42 pm Reply
  • sabiha

    ok I made mistake to get the shot….no bad side affects so for after a day…what shall I do to get rid of those chemicals from my body. I am in panic, mercury cleansing? any recommendations please.

    April 23rd, 2014 7:24 pm Reply
  • holzterrassen ideen

    Useful facts. Fortunate enough me I recently found your blog unintentionally, that i’m amazed the reason this collision didn’t occurred ahead of time! We bookmarked that.

    April 15th, 2014 3:36 pm Reply
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  • Liz

    We live out on our family ranch and are exposed to lots of old rusty steel and iron. However, we have not decided to vaccinate our toddler at this point, mainly b/c of side effects of the vaccine and she’s so young.

    But here’s an interesting story.

    I raise sheep, so every year I get an abundant lamb crop and my family tells me there is tentanus in the ground so we have to vaccinate our lambs or they will all die (maybe they are being a little over the top, I don’t know). So for the last 3 years I gave tetanus vaccines to our lamb crop. This year was scary how many lambs died immediately following their vaccines. I had about 24 lambs born this year and only ended up with 17 after everything was done. None the less, it was a cold, cold spring and several could’ve died due to the freezing weather, but I lost at least 5 the day following giving their vaccine and I only gave half the recommended dose!

    We’ll see if I continue to vaccinate my lambs or not… that was freaky.

    June 28th, 2013 4:02 pm Reply
    • Zoey O’Toole

      There is some evidence that vaccination injury compounds in succeeding generations. I have heard that the third generation is often when catastrophic problems arise. Clearly, that’s much easier to see in animals who have shorter lifespans than people. It’s possible that’s what’s in play for your lambs.

      April 25th, 2014 9:12 am Reply
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  • evy

    Maybe more confusing (and maybe someone can answer this question) is why if you get vacinated every so often with whatever the childhood schedule is, with tetanus, every time you get a puncture wound the docs say “get a tetanus shot.” I suppose if you live somewhere where you will be punctured repeatedly AND you have no access to healthcare maybe regular immunizations are good (that’s the only thing I can figure even though it still doesn’t make sense that one gets the tetanus shot with every incidence of puncture no matter what).

    And further confusing is that there is actually an immunoglobulin shot that is what you are apparently supposed to get if you have been exposed to tetanus, but that’s not what you get when you are punctured and go to the ER. They assume you will infect others with whooping cough and diptheria and give you THOSE shots along with the regular tetanus.

    So, yes, maybe someone who is in the know on such things can clarify some of this?


    May 24th, 2013 8:45 am Reply
    • Sarah

      Not exactly true. If you are current on your tetanus vaccine and you get a scrape or puncture wound with rusty metal you do NOT have to go get a tetanus booster. That’s what the vaccine is for. I don’t know who all these doctors are who are telling vaccinated people to get boosters for small scrapes. Maybe they’re just playing into people’s panic? Even if you search online it will tell you not to go get a booster if your vaccines are current.

      May 19th, 2015 2:31 pm Reply
  • evy

    Went to get a tetanus shot today for my daughter who stepped on a long nail and got a puncture wound. I asked what was in the injection they were going to give her and was told tetanus, diptheria and pertussis. Oh, says I, I am just needing to get my daugther the tetanus. We don’t do that, they say, she needs the P part in case she gets a cough and gets around infants, because infants die of whopping cough. No thanks. And off I go. Three hours later and one city away from me, I was able to find a place that had ONLY tetanus, Walgreens. Then, I found out that my naturapth had it as well, and without preservatives. Long winding path to getting a tetanus shot. And, no point in the tetanus vaccine, since every time you would ever get a puncture wound you WILL be told you need a tetanus shot :)

    May 15th, 2013 6:20 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    Another thing that confuses me… I was told that at the time of injury dirt could get in the wound that had tetanus bacteria in it. How is having a tetanus shot AFTER the fact going to keep me from getting tetanus? It’s a vaccine… not an antidote..right?
    I burned my hand badly while frying trout and had to have it looked at at the ER. They advised me to get the shot. I declined.
    But when I went to my regular doctor the following morning to check it again and have more silver cream applied, she wanted me to have the shot as well. I declined again but the doctor scared me and I looked up the symptoms of tetanus and knew I did NOT want THAT disease!
    It scared me enough to go back and get the shot…making sure it was only tetanus and not the Tdap (which ended up being written in my chart even though they assured me several times it was ONLY tetanus…I am still not sure if I was a double fool or if they accidentally wrote Tdap in my chart…I’ll never know I guess)
    I didn’t think about it until afterwards that the shot likely wouldn’t prevent infection of tetanus they day AFTER I was *exposed*.

    April 28th, 2013 10:08 pm Reply
    • evy

      dawn, you probably got the dtap-you can call and ask them for the batch number that was on the bottle of the tetanus they gave you and figure it out for yourself (they record this on your chart too). From my research, it looks like for the past couple years they have been combining those three, tdap, and unless you search high and low and read the vial yourself you are probably getting the dtap even if they say it’s just tetanus-because they don’t HAVE just tetanus in their refrigerators!

      A “compounding pharmacy” can make an injection with just tetanus-I suppose one could have their naturapath (if he/she didn’t already provide just tetanus) order it.

      May 24th, 2013 8:48 am Reply
  • Carrie

    You asked why non vaxing parents are considering the tetanus shot …. I am a non-vaxing momma and have been considering the tetanus because I live on a farm with animals that do die from tetanus. I personally have never experienced an animal dying from tetanus since I am brand new to homesteading, but several people I have spoken to, have had animals die from it. So, to me the likely hood of my children getting tetanus seems much higher than if I were to live somewhere else. As much as I try to stress that my children wear shoes at all times, sometimes they don’t. They might not even tell me if they did get a puncture wound. Yes, I know how to clean a wound, but if it is a deep puncture wound then there might be a chance that I might not be able to get it cleaned out completely.

    April 28th, 2013 9:54 pm Reply
  • David

    I had a tetanus booster on Jan 25th and within a couple of days I began having tremors as if i were hypothermic. i couldnt stop shaking! the next day i noticed my breathing was shallow. I couldn’t really catch my breath completely. Then I began having intense neuropathy (pins and needles) in my hands, legs and scalp and severe dizzyness which lasted for weeks. The whole experience was terrible and affected me deeply both emotionally and physically. My dr thought it was ” just anxiety” and thought that it was ridiculous for me to think it was related to the tetanus booster.

    April 24th, 2013 12:10 pm Reply
  • Betsy

    This is the toughest vaccine to decide against – it is the most toxic of all vaccines, but it is the one vaccine that non-vaccinating parents considser choosing because it does offer some protection. The best MD advice that I got, and listened to, was this: For your kids, get the first 2 tetanus vaccines as single shots (not mixed with other vaccines)…otherwise a booster is NOT going to help you in a crisis. That is what we did for our kids, because as rare as tetanus is, it is brutal, and the vaccine IS a protection. Do not vaccinate infants, btw. And have lavender oil on hand no matter what – also zeolites. If you don’t have your own holistic treatments, then you are at the mercy of the MD’s.

    April 6th, 2013 8:12 pm Reply
    • IC

      The single shot is no longer available in the US.

      April 6th, 2013 11:28 pm Reply
      • evy

        The single shot of JUST tetanus IS AVAILABLE in the USA but you’ll get your money’s worth trying to find it. Walgreens sells it, but often the naturapth also will, and at the naturapth you can get one that has only tetanus AND is preservative free :) May 2013

        May 24th, 2013 8:39 am Reply
  • Nin

    The reasoning is that Tetanus is a horrible way to die. The bacteria lives in the soil all around us. Once the illness proceeds past the state of lockjaw it is not treatable and results in a painful and horrible death. There are VERY few cases of this in the US but that is one vax that, given certain circumstances I would consider. It comes from a deep puncture wound because the bacteria is anaerobic – it lives without oxygen -so it is deeper than you can get with essential oils. Salt soaks may have good effect if they can penetrate but it is not something to be trifled with and should be watched carefully if you think there are any signs of infection, stiff neck or stiff jaw after a wound. Open, freely bleeding wounds that can be easily irrigated are not a serious risk (since it lives without O2) but any deep puncture that could have any soil on it should be carefully checked and serious consideration given.

    March 25th, 2013 5:37 pm Reply
    • alyse

      Thank you Nin. That was exactly what I was wanting to understand about tetanus. That it is aerobic.

      March 27th, 2013 7:29 pm Reply
    • alyse

      oh, auto spell check switched my spelling! Sorry. I meant “anaerobic”

      March 27th, 2013 7:31 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I think this is the one vaccination my husband and I struggle with because it’s the one that covers a “non-curable” disease. I’m against having it put into my children’s bodies, but I’m consumed by the fear of that incredibly small chance my child becomes infected by Tetanus. After reading this article and comments by others, I’m moving more towards banning it as well, though.

    Thank you for the article!

    March 20th, 2013 12:58 am Reply
  • Mary

    Thank you for the article and thanks to all the people who posted. I learned a lot reading through the posts and through the personal experiences.
    Our twin daughters were given vaccines for 9 different disease when they were 19 months old before they removed the thimerisol. They developed autism. Our other children have shown sensitivities to their vaccinations also and now our two youngest have not been vaccinated. I was given a tetanus shot a few years ago and I woke in the middle of the night with pain at the injection site and the pain was moving down my arm. It got to my forearm. I prayed about what I should do and then I got up and took an echinacea glycerite and about 3000 mg of vitamin C. The pain went away almost immediately.
    I started looking into plans on how to treat the disease or infections that the vaccines supposedly protect us from. Our plan for wounds is to make them bleed, clean them well using soap, then hydrogen peroxide, soaking them in salt water. Using organic raw honey. (Amazing stuff. It gets rid of impetigo too.) Getting stitches if needed. We also have homeopathic Ledum pal 200C (for punctures, animal/insect bites, part is cold and cold relieves) and Hypericum 200C (injury to nerves, fingers, toes, pain shoots upward, numbness) We use them for cuts and open wounds for comfort, healing and to prevent tetanus. We use Arnica Montana 200C (acute injury, overstraining, bruised sore feeling, swelling) also for injuries. We’ve also used echinacea, plantain, lavender oil, tea tree oil and garlic oil for wounds or infections.
    Please do your own research. Have a plan. Have competent alternative health professionals that will educate you and guide you. Read books on herbal and homeopathic treatments so you know how to use them safely and effectively.
    Again, thanks Sarah for your blogs. Always interesting information.

    February 15th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Stacey

    None of my kids have ever been vaccinated …I have considered tetanus but I’m glad I came across this article. I just started “vaccinating” my kids using homeopathics. I’ve heard alot of good results with it and it is soo much safer!

    February 10th, 2013 12:00 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Sarah,
    Thankyou for this article! I have been wanting to come across an article just like this!
    I was wondering if you would write a post about what to do if someone were to get a potentially tetanus causing injury such as a feces covered nail, etc. How to naturally disinfect the wound,etc.
    I would absolutely love an article like that! Thanks for your amazing blog!

    February 7th, 2013 11:42 am Reply
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  • nichole

    I have actually taken care of patients in the ICU with tetanus. It is a terrible disease and many do die. I don’t like vaccinations either and I also do not like most of the drugs we use. I think one has to use discretion when deciding whether to vaccinate or not. I read one of the comments about puncture wounds being the ones to look out for. I agree with that. I think if I had a very dirty puncture wound that was difficult to get clean I might consider the injection. For a cut that I can clean properly I would probably not take the vaccine. It is important to do research and not just take the word of any one person. Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful information that you share Sarah.

    February 6th, 2013 8:53 pm Reply
  • IC

    It depends on how many tetanus shots you’ve had – people who have had 2 or less need the TIG, the booster supposedly works if you’ve had 3 or more vaxes in the series. (I wonder if you could request the TIG, though, instead of the booster if you’ve had the complete series.)

    February 6th, 2013 3:27 am Reply
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  • Julie in WA

    I got a tetanus booster in Nov 2011 and afterwards I could not lift my arm. It took a whole year for it to heal and now, after 14 months I finally have full range of motion again. The entry point of the needle is still tender; it feels like a bruise that never goes away. I wish I knew then what I know now….

    February 5th, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
  • Kate

    You have posted on many topics near and dear to my heart, but this is my first time leaving a comment. Around 18 months ago, my then-5-year-old daughter had a bad accident in which she literally jumped onto a rusty nail. It penetrated at least halfway into her foot. Despite our non-vax/avoid all doctors policy, within an hour we found ourselves at Urgent Care, where basically, we pulled ourselves together and got OUT of the situation before getting talked into her receiving a DPT shot (they claimed there was no way to simply give the tetanus shot, which was another in a series of red flags).

    Instead, we armed ourselves with a couple of containers of sea salt, in which she religiously soaked her feet for a couple of hours per day over the next few days. Our plucky girl became adept at hopping one one foot. We prayed fervently that she would regain her health.

    The healing crisis happened about 4 days later, when she woke up in the middle of the night in pain. (This is when my anti-vax beliefs were truly questioned, as I watched for any sign of tetanus!) Believe it or not, after about 20 minutes of soaking in more salt water, a tiny piece of a leaf came out of her foot – it must have been on her foot when she jumped on the nail.

    After the healing crisis, she regained mobility quickly. Now, all we see is a small white scar in the exact middle of her foot. We don’t take her health for granted, but we are so thankful that we stayed the course and didn’t let ourselves get talked into a DPT vax.

    Please keep up the good work. My husband and I appreciate your hard work so very much.

    Kate, Minnesota

    February 4th, 2013 11:16 pm Reply
    • IC

      It is true that tetanus by itself is no longer available in the US.
      What sends up red flags for me about your experience is being offered a DTP booster. According to the CDC “persons with wounds that are neither clean nor minor, and who have had 0-2 prior doses of tetanus toxoid or have an uncertain history . . . should receive TIG [tetanus immune globulin] as well as Td or Tdap. This is because early doses of toxoid may not induce immunity, but only prime the immune system. The TIG provides temporary immunity by directly providing the antitoxin. This ensures that protective levels of antitoxin are achieved even if an immune response has not yet occured.” My doctor told me many ER staff members do not know this and to insist on reading the insert should we choose to have a TIG because a booster is NOT what is recommended for the wound that you’re in the hospital to treat. (It’s for the possible future injuiries! Sneaky, no?)

      February 6th, 2013 3:22 am Reply
  • D Bundy

    Interesting. Living on a farm with lots of rusty nails, barbed wire fences, old tin and tools with boys who are almost always barefoot, this is one of my biggest fears. Right after we moved here from the city, my youngest immediately sliced his toe up pretty good with an old machete he found. Many similar incidents have happened. I’m always so nervous and always want to get them a tetanus shot. I’ll have to research what to do instead before I’m entirely comfortable. I don’t like the list of ingredients. That’s for sure!

    February 4th, 2013 4:05 pm Reply
  • jill

    I was one of those idiot mom’s who thought every dogbite etc. meant a tetnus. Also, when I had my tetnus, I was so ill, and everyone just called me a wuss. Now I wonder.
    Just recently, I cut my finger severely in an immersion blender. Raced to the urgent care with my finger held together in a cloth. I’d had afib (heart arrythmia) less than a year before so I asked that no novacaine with epinephrine be used. They wouldn’t honor that as the nurse said it all had that. So, I asked the dr. if it could at least be cleaned, damage assesed, and possibly an xray. He agreed on the cleaning and assessment. But the nurse refused, they kicked us out. We bypassed the local hospital, and went to one our other dr. had suggested. Well, they had no qualms in an ER to wash the wound and asses without anesthetic. The finger was mostly numb anyway. But, all night long they kept pushing that darn tetnus, and I’d refuse. They tried all different kinds of scare tactics to convince me, but once I decide on NO, I very rarely change my mind. My finger did require an xray, and luckily the bone was saved. They also said they didn’t have anything without epinephrine, so instead of sewing my finger together, steristrips were used, tons of them in a circle to hold the finger together. By the time I walked out, it looked like my whole hand was broken, but well, I did get what I wanted, no ep, and no tetnus. My finger is mostly healed, a few numb parts, and a newer more slender profile.
    One other thing, I had a skin cancer removed by a surgeon, and again, I requested no epi. They didn’t flinch, said no problem, and during the surgery, we had a delightful chat about organics, his child still being nursed at 2 yrs old, and other great topics. Such a difference between drs. and how they try to intimidate and bully. To the point that they kept me in that clinic for two hours, with no treatment, and still charged me for the service I didn’t receive. I still feel angered that medical professionals still choose to not listen to a patient. They all acted like I was over reactive. Why mess with my heart if not needed? Why any chemicals? I didn’t even do antibiotics, just kept the wound clean and covered for six “long” weeks.

    February 3rd, 2013 3:51 pm Reply
  • Brian Taylor via Facebook

    When will the sheeple wake up? I had to get a tetanus shot yesterday (THEY FORCED ME TO GET IT!!) and now I haven’t been able to urinate for a month! What are they forcing us to put in our bodies?!

    February 3rd, 2013 5:34 am Reply
  • healthybabies

    lg, it makes me sad hearing people drinking the pro-vaccine Koolaid. Dr. Wakefield was proven in British court to be correct against vaccines, his studies were correct and the BJM editor that had Dr. Wakefield ridiculed, ruined Wakefields business/clinic, arrested and put through hearings, committed suicide – yet the drug companies and their mouth pieces will still debunk Wakefield. Understand that ALL vaccines contain neurotoxic, brain/mind/mood/metabolic and fertility altering poisons like Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, and various other disgusting materials. Even the so called mercury free shots have mercury, just less of it. THe EPA consideres 5 mcg of Mercury TOO toxic for an adult, most vaccines contains 25 mcg! and the mercury free contain 3 mcg. How do you think this will affect a baby still developing in utero or a small child getting 49 shots before age 6 and sometimes 9 in a day? This is why we have mental illness, obesity, diabetes, autism, infertility and so many diseases. Never forget who profits …. drug companies. what were these drug companies before they started making drugs? chemical companies. Who took them over in the 50s and created all the massive drug behemoths of today? The german Nazi doctors after jail time from the Nueremberg trials – the very same evil eugenics and population killing doctors that created the gas for the concentration camps, heroin, the morning sickness drug that caused birth defects int he 50s and 60s…..and many others.. read this article and find out how much the CDC, FDA, drug companies and everyone else knows about how bad vaccines are: http://www.expectingfitness.com/articles-misc/articles-preventing-violence-from-womb.html

    February 3rd, 2013 2:42 am Reply
  • lg

    Please Help: My husband (pro-vaccine) just took a pro-vaccine course: on a website called Coursera and he even wants to get the “certificate.”

    Would anyone know who the guy is that is teaching this ‘certificate course?’

    This is what my husband says about it:

    The course is taught by: “a gentleman named Paul Offit who happens to be the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital. He’s a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m also pretty sure that he was involved in the development of the rotavirus vaccine which they believe saves around 500,000 lives a year (pretty rare in the US).

    He literally walks you through the history and development of vaccines from the development of the smallpox vaccine in the late 1700’s until where we are today. He actually goes into quite a bit of detail on how the vaccines are created (Tissue Culture, recombinant DNA, whole blood).

    In the last few sections, he talks about Wakefield and the role of the media. He debunks theories about MMR, Thimerosal, too many vaccines in a limited amount of time.

    I think if you’re really interested in understanding how they are actually created, this is a great. Personally, it left me even more convinced (I was positive before) that children should be given the vaccines and that by not giving them, endangers them.”

    I look forward to any background on this. Thank you

    February 2nd, 2013 10:57 pm Reply
    • Antonia

      I do not have technical background, am only a mother of 3 girls. the best book so far ive read on the topic is “raising a vaccine free child” by wendy lydall. she was a homeopath in 1980’s africa, when vaccination was mandatory. so, she sued the govt and presented a case for choice, and the damage vaccines can do, and won! the title may be misleading, as she does an impressive amount of research and her stats seem (i have independently researched some) accurate.i was on the fence about everything when i first heard of her (from laurette lynn’s unplugged mom podcast series, where she was interviewed). her book empowered me to make up my mind, and refuse; even though i live in NY and its NOT easy to not comply here!
      Also, one final thought- if something is good for our children, do we really need to be FORCED to do it? I dont need to be forced to feed, love, shelter, play with or bathe my kids. it raises all sorts of red flags when just information isnt enough; when theres a gun behind the suggestion, its not really a suggestion anymore.

      February 3rd, 2013 3:06 am Reply
  • Cherie

    I just use essential oils for any wounds… and my son has had 2 punctures from rusty nails outside…. my husband has also had a nasty fish hook, that was being used to fish with, through his hand… no tetanus shots, essential oils and wound cleansing and monitoring.

    February 2nd, 2013 10:09 pm Reply
  • healthybaby

    Unfortunately too many have been brainwashed by pharma funded media and medicine. Diseases declined mostly due to hygiene and better food handling rather than vaccines, and many diseases from way back stopped for the same reasons without any vaccines ever.
    i am more scared of hospitals, when i sliced my finger open and my friends told me i need stitches, i first kept finger under water, then treated it with hydrogen peroxide and neosporin 3 times a day, until a dry scab formed. After that i used DMSO 3 times a day until the scar disappeared – its barely even noticeable now. Did the same after burning my arm on a hot stove pan – works like a charm.Stitches may be needed for deeper and bigger cuts to the skin, but tetanus shots? NO! Way back in time people would just our alcohol on wounds and they were fine.

    February 2nd, 2013 5:06 pm Reply
    • Antonia

      how does one go about finding a good local homeopath? or did you take a course and make your own tinctures? again, since reading Wendy Lydall’s book “Raising a Vaccine Free Child” Ive been fascinated by homeopathy, but unable to find much info. i dont want a new age crystal healer, or chakra stuff, you know? all of the “alternative medicine” is lumped into the same category- therefore it can ALL be written off.
      is there a site for homeopaths, or some kind of reviewer and/ or verification process?


      February 3rd, 2013 3:10 am Reply
      • Sherri

        Here are some sites to locate a good homeopath:


        February 3rd, 2013 11:26 pm Reply
        • Sherri

          opps, hit the button too soon…
          here are more good homeopath sites:
          http://www.drluc.com/homeopathy-select.htm – this one is on choosing a homeopathy practioner…good though I don’t agree with everything.

          I can also highly recommend (based on personal experience) an excellent homeopath practioner who does telephone consultation and Skypes so you don’t have to go in person (allows you to consider those far away) AND is a WAPF minded mom who loves to treat and TEACH others! She has even been a guest blogger on this site…I don’t know if I’m allowed to say her name or not??? If that’s OK w/ Sarah, I’ll be glad to share.

          February 3rd, 2013 11:36 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Volkov via Facebook

    What would you do in the case of an adoption home study where a TB test is required?

    February 2nd, 2013 1:27 pm Reply
  • Gregory Lake via Facebook

    Is there some reason that the vaccine will not work without formaldehyde or mercury? Why would anybody knowingly allow this stuff to be injected into their body? What if they invented a vaccine that contained cyanide for overpopulation? Would we be sheeple and not sound an alarm if we knew it was coming???

    February 2nd, 2013 12:01 pm Reply
  • amy

    I wish that I had read this a year ago! While I was living abroad in the Netherlands 10 months ago, I cut my finger with a stick blender. I was in such pain and so thankful that the doctor was able to quickly stitch my finger. She recommended a tetanus shot (the booster I believe) and I just agreed while the little voice in my head told me to research it. Well, I was so focused on the pain and didn’t have time to research that I ended up getting the shot. I had plans for the following two days but ended up in bed, completely lethargic and slept for almost two days and two nights. In addition, the point of insertion was painful for weeks! I know that the extreme lethargy was due to the vaccine and I have made a promise to myself to never vaccinate again. I knew that the Netherlands had eliminated thimerosal, but when I phoned the hospital to ask which ingredients were in the vaccine, indeed thimerosal was included. It was only taken out of children’s vaccinations and the nurses had no idea that it even contained mercury.

    February 2nd, 2013 2:40 am Reply
  • Andi

    My husband broke his neck last September, and while in the first of two hospitals, they gave him a tetanus shot without even asking us about it. Very frustrating especially since the wound on top of his head was a very large but shallow gash, and bled profusely. He had more pain in his arm at the injection site then he did in his neck after surgery. It has been 5 months, and that arm is still sore and bothersome for him. I really wish they would have asked!

    February 2nd, 2013 1:39 am Reply
  • Lena Lynch via Facebook

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing…..we need to read more stories about the TRUTH…like yours!

    February 2nd, 2013 1:05 am Reply
  • Jan

    “I received a tetanus shot in my early 30′s. I was then diagnosed with Hashimotos a couple years later. I never had a reason to make a connection. About 5 years later my daughter received a tetanus shot. She was diagnosed with Hashimotos about a year or so later. She was only 14. I have brought it up to a couple doctors. Non of them dismissed the possibility of a connection.”

    You’ve got to be kidding!

    I ate carrots last week. This week I got the flu. I never had a reason to make a connection. Two weeks ago my daughter ate carrots and she also got the flu about a week later. She’s only 12. There must be some connection. Why doesn’t the medical community recognize this?

    That’s the logic for not vaccinating????

    How many children died of polio, whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis or were seriously injured for the rest of their lives??? Are you all proposing to go back to those times? We saw three infant deaths from whooping cough in our county in recent years. These were babies too young to be vaccinated, but they were exposed by older children who were unvaccinated–cases were rampant in our county because more than 25% of children are “opted out” of vaccines here. (And, BTW, cases of autism continue to increase, even in unvaccinated kids).

    As more and more opt out, we’re going to see more deaths and severe injuries from PREVENTABLE diseases. How will you feel, when it’s your child?

    February 1st, 2013 7:52 pm Reply
    • Phil Bowyer

      Jan, take a deep breath. It’s OK.

      Have you seen anything in these comments that suggest that nobody is treating the wounds?

      It’s important to understand that there are many ways to attack a problem, vaccines are but one. Diet, and natural remedies in most cases can prevent or cure illness and injury.

      In the East, doctors are paid to keep people healthy, not heal them. It’s the exact opposite here. Most of the people here understand the role that nature plays in building and maintaining health.

      The propagana machines work very hard to instill fear in people to do this or do that, but it comes down to this- if we become a people that relies on solutions created in a lab to treat our ailments, then we risk everything.

      Please, don’t take anybody’s word for anything. Do your own research. Take what you’ve learned here, and spend a day or two looking things up. I was threatened by a doctor once, using your logic when I refused to vaccinate one of my kids. He threatened to sue me.

      When I threw some real science in his face he backed down. The medical community in the US is not about health, it’s about money.

      February 2nd, 2013 3:03 pm Reply
      • Sophia

        I am new at this and would love to know some of the sites with real scientific data. I am running into a lot of pressure to vac
        BTW couldn’t agree with you more! It’s all about the money not health!

        April 6th, 2013 6:13 am Reply
  • Angela

    As non-vaxxing parents we NEED to know our stuff (vaxxing parents should too, but are more likely to be complacent as they think the vaxxs will protect). Here is an excellent article about Tetanus and proper owund cleaning. This sort of info should be health 101 for us all:

    February 1st, 2013 7:19 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    What do you think about the TB shot to check for TB? I never thought of it before, but we may be required to have the test done. Does it have the same negative side effects as a vaccine?

    February 1st, 2013 7:19 pm Reply
    • DRK

      I just resigned from an organization because their mandatory montoux TB skin test. Within a week of being given the montoux test 2 members out of 22 were hospitalized. 1 with a ruptured appendix, the other with an infection of some sort.

      February 2nd, 2013 11:42 am Reply
    • Yolanda

      I have no idea, but my mother had TB when I was a teenager. It can be a terrible disease, certainly, and there are strains now that are resistant to antibiotics.

      February 5th, 2013 10:27 pm Reply
  • ( : David’sKate : )

    Thank you for sharing this post! We live on a farm (organic, sustainable, etc.) and my parents often worry about our family’s safety and have mentioned tetanus shots numerous times. My husband has borne the brunt of the injuries and he just keeps his wounds clean and dry and believes that that body, when properly nourished, was designed to heal itself! Praise the Lord, so far so good! I think subconsciously I did put the tetanus vaccine in a different class in my mind… maybe it’s because we always refer to it as a “tetanus shot” rather than a “tetanus vaccine”. I’d never given it a lot of thought, so I appreciate the encouragement to make an informed decision!

    On an entirely different note, today I read an article about a family that lived in the Siberian wilderness for 40 years with no outside contact. I found it very interesting to read a little about their food and health. It sounded like something that you might find interesting as well! http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html

    February 1st, 2013 6:58 pm Reply
  • Megan Schneider via Facebook

    My 4yo stepped on a tack last year. Being non-vaccinating parents I was worried about tet. since he’d never had the shot. We tried to get it to bleed as much as possible and immediately put tea tree oil on it (tea tree oil penetrates all the layers of skin) and then some ointment like triple antibiotic ointment that contains tea tree oil with a band aid. Then soaked his foot in very warm water with epsom salt. When I finally got ahold of our naturopath she said suggested ledum palustre,which is a homeopathic remedy, to keep on hand for puncture wounds. I will have to look into the lavender oil. that is intriguing. :)

    February 1st, 2013 6:49 pm Reply
  • Heather@Mommypotamus

    YES!!! Tetanus infection had already dropped by 92% by the time the vaccine was created due to increasing awareness about proper wound care. (Source: http://www.thinktwice.com/tet_show.htm)

    I recently cut my finger with a stick blender (ouch!) and was offered the tetanus shot. Based on the intensity of my response the doctor didn’t ask again :)

    February 1st, 2013 6:02 pm Reply
  • Jen

    Peptone is a mixture of nutrients. The peptone in the tetanus vaccine is used to help the vaccine-specific proteins fold and maintain their structure. Also, it probably helps with osmotic stress (you can’t inject someone with warm water). Its basically carrier proteins. The problem with it is that bacteria can indeed feed off the peptone. The formaldehyde is added because such a small amount of formaldehyde can prevent contamination (which is incredibly easy to do).

    February 1st, 2013 5:40 pm Reply
  • Carroll Kimball Barron via Facebook

    Thanks for this article. I have really been on the fence with this vaccine. We live on a farm with animals and rusty fences. Sometime I worry that my children aren’t up to date or vaccinated at all with tetnus. The more I read and research the more I question the effectiveness of the vaccine. That you for further educating me on this vaccine. You are such a blessing!

    February 1st, 2013 5:13 pm Reply
    • Sherri

      Carroll – we also live on a farm with 3 boys. We use homeopathy remedy, Ledum 30c for all the cuts. It is better than any vaccine and has no side effects. Totally safe when called for.

      February 2nd, 2013 11:25 pm Reply
  • sharon stanley

    very interesting post which gives me the chance to ask if anyone has heard of some sort of lingering effects from “tami-flu” meds. i had the unfortunate experience of being given this med after i contracted the flu some years back….since that time, i’ve had many many issues with aching/chronic fatigue and have always wondered if it was possible they were somehow connected.

    February 1st, 2013 4:03 pm Reply
  • Sarah Flores via Facebook

    Yup! Totally changed my mind!

    February 1st, 2013 4:55 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Christensen Morales via Facebook

    Sarah – did you see the article above by “the Guggie Daily” ? really explained it a lot better for me. I have always worried about what I would do if my boys get a cut and I was faced with this decision in a hospital setting. this article was really informative – “Tetanus is difficult to contract and easy to cure”! awesome.

    February 1st, 2013 4:54 pm Reply
  • Sarah Flores via Facebook

    Thanks, Suzanne – timing is perfect as I was just thinking yesterday that if this is offered on its own I may have the boys do it at age 5.

    February 1st, 2013 4:39 pm Reply
  • Alyse

    I just watched a video by herbalist, 7Song on using using powdered activated charcoal paste to draw out bacteria. I wonder if this would also work on tetanus?

    February 1st, 2013 4:12 pm Reply
  • Gayle D’Andilly via Facebook

    No has mentioned Vitamin C for preventing or treating tetanus. It is the first thing I think of when I am worried about infection. Now that there is Lypo-spheric vitamin C there is no need for it to be given intravenously if large doses are needed.

    February 1st, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
    • Sophia

      I am new to treating my family with natural things vs antibiotics n vaccines. I saw many comments here of different natural remedies like yours above. Do you have a link if where I could learn how to treat different illnesses with natural stuff?

      April 6th, 2013 6:00 am Reply
  • Lisa M Moore via Facebook

    I’m a nurse and lots of people come in with “reactions” to immunizations from minor to life threatening. I have asked TONS of times and there is no required reporting of this!!!! So if someone comes into the hospital guillain barre, (or anything !!). nobody is required to report this.

    February 1st, 2013 3:16 pm Reply
  • Janet Bennett

    Aside from the other considerations mentioned here, it’s been my understanding that the rust in the “rusty nail” question isn’t the problem – it’s where the rusty nail has been. Tetanus used to be more of a concern in this country when more people lived on farms, or when horses were still very common on town and city streets, which was the case when I was growing up, so old, rusty nails might well have been contiminated. Even so, when there was a big anti-tetanus vaccination campaign in around 1940 or ’41 when I was in 6th grade, my mother didn’t sign the permission slip for the shot. This was on the advice of our chiropractor (illegal in Massachusetts at the time) who was strongly against vaccinations. I waited alone on the playground while everybody else in the school was inside getting their shots. I never had a tetanus shot until I was in my 50’s and was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. Wasn’t necesary then anyway since the bite only produced major bruising on my backside but didn’t break the skin. It took a long time for me to learn not to march obediently in tune to doctors’ orders.

    February 1st, 2013 2:57 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Formaldehyde is also used in manufacturing memory foam, particularly mattresses and that’s why a lot of people react severely to them. Thanks for the informative post.

    February 1st, 2013 2:53 pm Reply
  • Terry McBride

    Last April I stepped on a rusty nail while wearing my old “Crocs”, so sure as heck it went right into my foot. Rusty nail, that’s like the worse. At that time I had Young Living Essential Oils “Theives” although there are other high grade therapeutic oils out there, that’s what i had available. I used it on the wound, within a couple of days all swelling and redness was gone, and no lock jaw. We stay away from immunizations like the plague.

    February 1st, 2013 2:17 pm Reply
  • Christy Wherritt Gibson via Facebook

    Thanks for posting this. I am convinced that my tetanus shot entering college was the root of my immediate decline in health. There is no way ill allow our kids to receive this. As you said, just as toxic as the others!

    February 1st, 2013 2:09 pm Reply
  • Allyson McQuinn

    We successfully use the homeopathic remedy Ledum Palustre for tetanus treatment based on 200 years of sound principles.

    February 1st, 2013 1:44 pm Reply
    • Sherri

      Ditto! We live on a farm, and our boys are CONSTANTLY cutting themselves on rusted wire, nails, you name it. We give Ledum every time and have NEVER had the cut get infected. Works on animals too!

      February 2nd, 2013 11:22 pm Reply
  • Angel Mi via Facebook

    great, is that the same shot they have for whooping cough? And if you got all your shots growing up why would you need another?

    February 1st, 2013 1:26 pm Reply
  • Prudence

    My husband completely shattered his big toe into 3 different chunks of bloody flesh in a fall a year ago. Never seeing such a gruesome injury before, I took him to the ER to get sutured up. I had prepped him in the waiting room that they would push a Tetanus shot. I encouraged him to decline. The doctor came in, poked and prodded him, then ordered that his toe be soaked in almost boiling salt water. During this excruciating procedure, some rough nurse came in with a needle, stated that he would be receiving a Td shot and immediately plunged it into his arm. I freaked out and started researching if there were any sort of supplements or herbs that you can take to try to minimize the absorption of toxins. The only thing I found was N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine to help cleanse the liver. I don’t know if it really helped, but I made him take it for about 2 weeks anyway. Does anyone know what to do in a situation where the vaccine has already been given in order to try to minimize the associated risks?

    February 1st, 2013 1:23 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    My son just entered college. Because of school regulations (and a hefty fine if
    we didn’t comply) he went for a physical. He was wise enough to reject the
    flu vaccine, but we never even suspected the tetanus booster. We are fortunate
    that he is fine, but if I would have known we could opt out, we certainly would have.
    Thanks, Sarah.

    February 1st, 2013 1:17 pm Reply
    • Vickie Lusby

      Yes you can definitely opt out. I ran into this type of pressure a lot when my kids were in public school. Demand an expedition form or print one off yourself. There are available at the many ant-vaccine sites on the web.

      February 1st, 2013 6:07 pm Reply
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    February 1st, 2013 1:06 pm Reply
  • Kimmie Gessler via Facebook

    Tetanus is killed by oxygen, if oxygen hits the wound tetanus can’t live. Also tetanus lives in horse or livestock poop and not on something exposed to oxygen. If you feel your punctured wound is at risk you can ask for a non-vaccine tetanus immunoglobulin or TiG shot.

    February 1st, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
  • Lyn Haven Carter via Facebook

    Some of you may benefit from reading these articles on why the tetanus vaccines don’t work in anyone. No matter their diet or in third world countries. I know people who have been injured due to this shot and who have almost died from the shot. http://vran.org/about-vaccines/specific-vaccines/diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-hib-vaccine/tetanus-a-compilation-of-articles/

    February 1st, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
  • Alicia Anne Ireland via Facebook

    Is there a special cleanse you can do if you DID get it?

    February 1st, 2013 1:04 pm Reply
  • Dan Knopp via Facebook

    Be sure you know what you’re getting. At routine checkup my doctor was pushing hard for me to get a tetanus booster, pretending not to know it had only been five years since getting one. It took considerable arm twisting to get him to admit he was really pushing the whooping cough vaccine that is bundled with it. I said no thanks and walked out. Would like to find an honest doc.

    February 1st, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
  • Joyce Herron via Facebook

    About 30 yrs ago I sustained some tyoe of injury at the hospital where I worked Saw the employee health nurse who gave me a tetanus shot. The next day I had a very red painful area about an inch in diameter. This progressed over the next few days to an area approximately 6 in in diameter and it was hot, red, so very painful. The employee nurse sent me to my doctor because she had never seen anything like this. It took almost a month for this to go away. The doctor recommended I never get a tetanus shot again. Interesting because my mother had a similar thing happen to her when I was about 9 yrs old.

    February 1st, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
  • April Miles Thornton via Facebook

    My doctor, who is very supportive of our choice not to vaccinate, recently suggested we consider getting the tetanus shot for our 5 children who are constnatly outdoors getting scrapes and scratches.

    February 1st, 2013 12:38 pm Reply
  • Nicole Bialko via Facebook

    And a lot of these comments are the whole reason why people buy into it… sigh. Tetanus cannot live in an environment rich in oxygen. If a wound bleeds, it cannot live. If its not bleeding enough (as in puncture wounds), I would seriously just treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide to clean it out and apply an antibiotic (whether your typical otc or perhaps an essential oil) to the wound so it doesn’t get infected.

    February 1st, 2013 12:37 pm Reply
    • Tracy

      Thanks for that tip!

      February 1st, 2013 1:59 pm Reply
  • Deborah Lynn Clauss via Facebook

    At mike you are correct at this time I am enjoying sanitation in the US, however as a nurse and educator I have traveled on medical missions to developing nations. My point which was obviously missed was that in the absence of basic sanitation and good nutrition, which is also sadly rampant here in the US, vaccination against tetanus may be necessary. I am asking people to only consider that since we are a minority of people who choose to provide truly healthy living for ourselves and our families. We must look at what is needed for others who lack out knowledge and strong immune systems.

    February 1st, 2013 12:36 pm Reply
  • Roxie Curtis via Facebook

    I wish I would have seen this a year ago. I nearly cut my finger off with my brand new kitchenaid stick blender. When my dr. insisted on the Tetanus shot I told him my blender was brand new stainless steel right out of the box. He insisted and I was in a lot of pain so I agreed to get it. My arm where they injected the Tetanus hurt for days and MUCH worse than the 10 stitches I got on my finger. Plus the jerk wouldn’t even give my any pain medicine.

    February 1st, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
  • Antonia

    Tetanus was one vaccine i was on the fence about. so far i have not given it to my kids. i read through all the comments and im curious if the saline dip would work for a deep puncture wound? if not, and the wound needs to be bled- what is the best way to do this? i assume that once the wound (say long nail) is bled, THEN a saline dip would be effective for infection prevention, but not if the wound is closed (not sure of the proper term). Thanks! it would be very comforting to know this info!

    February 1st, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
  • Heather Kinzer Olsson via Facebook

    They scare you into this vaccination if you choose not to take it. On good authority from a doctor who practiced in Ghana, a third world country, for three years, he only saw one tetanus victim and this person had other ailments as well lowering her immune system. His advice was if you live in the US or other country with good hygiene and nutrition then you need not worry about this vaccination unless you see signs of tetanus. Even after a nail puncture or other wounds you still have time to get to the hospital. No need getting the shot unless you have confirmed symptoms. And, in our country where we have a hospital in every city medical help, clean water, and good hygiene is not an issue.

    February 1st, 2013 12:34 pm Reply
  • Laura Campbell

    I guess I want to know…. if I do get a deep puncture wound with a rusty nail, and I don’t get a good bleed out, then what would you recommend to do? I would not know if I had the tetanus bacteria or not. This would be my one hesitation about vaccinating or not.

    February 1st, 2013 12:34 pm Reply
  • Michelle Noe via Facebook

    Having lived with goats intimately, I can tell you that tetanus is alive and well in many environments…I don’t believe I could live with myself if I had to hold my kid through the experience of lockjaw…I agree that vacines are dangerous but we live in a many colored world and must navigate it to the best of our ability. There is no one answer to protecting our children.

    February 1st, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
  • Maria Rote

    This is good info. I do have a question though. You said you soaked your ankle a few times a day. I didn’t think you were supposed to let stitches get wet. Is that not true? I have never had them, so don’t know. Thank you.

    February 1st, 2013 11:26 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I soaked my cut for about 20 minutes twice a day in salt water. Didn’t seem to cause any sort of problem.

      February 1st, 2013 11:40 am Reply
      • Marsha

        You mentioned the ingredients in the tetanus booster. What ingredients do they put in a regular tetanus shot?

        April 28th, 2013 10:02 pm Reply
    • Susan

      I worked in a doctors office for 8 years where we were putting in stitches all day long. The doctor allowed people to get their stitches wet as long as they left them open to the air to dry out the rest of the day.

      February 1st, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
  • Julie Millis Wenger via Facebook

    just turned down a tetanus pertussis shot. Thanks for the confirmation I did the right thing.

    February 1st, 2013 12:21 pm Reply
  • Mandy Flory via Facebook

    No thanks to that vaccine also :0)

    February 1st, 2013 12:21 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    I received a tetanus shot in my early 30’s. I was then diagnosed with Hashimotos a couple years later. I never had a reason to make a connection. About 5 years later my daughter received a tetanus shot. She was diagnosed with Hashimotos about a year or so later. She was only 14. I have brought it up to a couple doctors. Non of them dismissed the possibility of a connection.
    Who needs stitches anymore anyway if you have a bottle of super glue? Ha!

    February 1st, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Thank you for the article! Very informative!

    My son’s finger got smashed in a door and his fingernail got ripped off in the process.

    When we took him to the hospital, they wanted to give him antibiotics, which is silly. Since there was no bacterial infection, we said “no.”

    A few days later, his pediatrician gave him a tetanus shot because she was worried about possible tetanus infection – there were no side effects from it though. She also gave us some raw manuka honey to put on his fingernail to keep it from any type of bacterial infection. His finger healed up just fine.

    If we had known better, we would have NOT gotten the tetanus shot. It’s good to know (written above) that we can let wounds bleed well and then put hydrogen peroxide on them to lower the risk of a tetanus infection. Thanks!

    February 1st, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
    • Sherri

      A super remedy for smashed fingers is the homeopathic remedy called, “Hypericum”. I would use a 30C in most cases. A few months ago, I closed the freezer door over my toenail (which was loose) and took it off. I controlled the pain with Arnica and Hypericum, 1M of both at the beginning, then tapered down to 30c.

      February 2nd, 2013 11:19 pm Reply
  • Rose

    Do you know anything about giving the human tetanus immune globulin if the injured person has had no vaccines? Are there any harmful or potentially harmful substances to consider with that in making the decision to allow the injection? (deep, wide cut from a rusty metal broken fence post in a horse pasture ) I allowed it but wondered if it was as bad as giving the vaxes preventively – also cost over $1000.00!!

    February 1st, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
  • Trish

    Sarah, one of the ingredients you didn’t address is the “bovine extract”. What is that and why would it be used in an immunization?

    February 1st, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
    • April

      Typically these extracts are taken from leftovers from cows (bovine) or pigs (porcine) and in some vaccines aborted human fetuses. The extracts can be anything from blood syrum to liver enzymes, to tissues. They are used to feed the virus, or weaken the virus, or alter your immune system to reduce your reaction to the vaccine. The main concern with this practice (other than the obvious moral objection to being injected with “stuff” from an animal or aborted baby) is that lately several types of vaccines have been found to be carrying “untreated”, unexpected viruses in the tissues being used in the vaccine. In other words, pharma companies are exposing recipients to new illnesses in the attempt to prevent ilness. Since nothing is known about how several of the ilnesses react in a human, as opposed to the animals they come from, this one simple ingredient can cause as much harm as any of the others.

      February 2nd, 2013 4:04 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Sarah, thank you for continually posting valuable information about pregnancy and raising healthy children! My husband and I just found out we are pregnant with our first baby and I feel prepared to take on my new role as a mother because of the useful information I have gotten from your site. I know we will be able to make informed choices about our childs health and medical treatment! Always keep writing :)

    February 1st, 2013 12:00 pm Reply
  • jamie

    We live on a farm where we have had many manure laden pitchfork puncture wounds to the foot and rusty nails through the bottom of shoes puncturing the heels and toes. We routinely soak in epsom salt baths and hot water daily until the wound appears un- infected and all pain subsides. We have never had any trouble with any of the wounds. Thank you for your article.

    February 1st, 2013 11:59 am Reply
    • DRK

      I’m glad to see someone mention epsom salt. Big pharma doesn’t have anything that works as well as epsom salt for infected cuts, scrapes, puncture wounds, & infected toenails,

      February 2nd, 2013 11:13 am Reply
  • Anna Paletti Walker via Facebook

    definitely should get a tetanus shot if puncture wound, nasty dog bite as stated above, deep dirty thorn, rusty nail ect.. Watching young children die of this disease in third world countries bc they have no access to healthcare… is a horrible thing to witness. I get the over immunization that is taking place in this country though.

    February 1st, 2013 11:58 am Reply
  • Mike Beers via Facebook

    Deborah, if you are sitting at a computer reading this blog, chances are you are not in a developing nation.

    February 1st, 2013 11:55 am Reply
    • N

      Mike, I happen to be sitting at a computer reading this blog from a developing nation.

      July 23rd, 2013 10:28 am Reply
  • Trendy Wend via Facebook

    This is a good read http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/one-thing-that-has-frequently-come-up.html

    February 1st, 2013 11:55 am Reply
  • Trendy Wend via Facebook

    This is a good read http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/one-thing-that-has-frequently-come-up.html

    February 1st, 2013 11:55 am Reply
  • Suzanne Christensen Morales via Facebook

    Sarah Flores – thought I’d share this article with you…. because I know we’ve talked about tetanus before.

    February 1st, 2013 11:53 am Reply
  • Chris Leonard

    It sounds like you’ve given this some thought, but have you considered that maybe tetanus shots are more acceptable to people because of the risks that they avoid? I mean, this all seems like great advice, *IF* you want to eliminate a small chance of side effects from the vaccine in exchange for a small chance of getting tetanus. The majority of tetanus cases, and ALL tetanus deaths, in recent years have occurred in people who were not up-to-date on their tetanus vaccinations. This is a trade I would never choose for myself or my children.

    I have a neuralgia currently that began two years ago when I had shingles. I had no vaccinations during this timeframe; I just got shingles. It apparently wasn’t even stress-related, as I was on vacation at the time.

    The neuralgia has been a constant pain (literally) that I wish I could make go away every day. But, even if avoiding vaccinations could have eliminated neuralgia from my life, would I want to take on a roughly equal risk of contracting tetanus? Are you serious? There is no way I would want to put myself at risk for becoming another non-vaccinated tetanus victim. And if one of my kids got injured? I would absolutely want them to get a tetanus shot. Tetanus itself is just too scary, and I think that its risks are the reason that more people use tetanus vaccinations. I mean, remember, you’re not talking about the flu here, you’re possibly talking about a funeral.

    February 1st, 2013 11:50 am Reply
  • Kirry Kreukniet via Facebook

    People should not underestimate tetanus. It’s a horrible horrible thing! Have you ever seen a person have such muscle spasms that their back turned 90 degrees the other way towards the back of their ankles!? ..yea.. tetanus is a scary thing

    In the Netherlands you only get a tetanus shot if you have a wound like I had. (dirty, not bleeding dogbite) or a nasty fall in rusty nails or something, and they only do this every 10-12 years, so they first checked this before I had a booster. A tetanus shot with every check up is really silly here.

    February 1st, 2013 11:48 am Reply
    • H

      Yes, I have to agree, tetanus is a horrible thing. Perhaps those of us that live close to the land have a greater respect for how horrific this bacterial infection can be. While I feel it is wise to hold off on vaccinating at an early age for this, a serious puncture wound should be cause for concern and a shot considered.

      February 1st, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
  • Brenda Hojonski via Facebook

    The tetanus is bundled with other vaccines. It has the whooping cough vaccine that is spreading the disease to cause the “panic” amongst parents to put more toxins in their child’s body.

    February 1st, 2013 11:47 am Reply
  • Deborah Lynn Clauss via Facebook

    Allison sorry but Tetanus is a major health problem in developing nations, mostly due to lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation practices, interestingly rates have been reduced drastically in infants in Rural Africa by teaching basic hand washing and sterilization techniques on sharp instruments used by midwives to cut umbilical cords.

    February 1st, 2013 11:45 am Reply
  • Chris Sunday via Facebook

    I have had titers taken from a blood test on myself and my teens this year to placate some Docs, we all were immune. It had been 15 years for me and the children were toddlers their last vaccine (when I started being educated on vaccine issues and). I think if I had the tetanus vaccine with my titer markers so high I would have been very ill. So that titer blood test for those who do tetanus.

    February 1st, 2013 11:42 am Reply
  • Alison Westermann via Facebook

    tetanus is probably one of the rarest things that is currently vaccinated for….and people that don’t get vaccinated for it but run around barefoot develop natural immunity….

    February 1st, 2013 11:40 am Reply
    • Karen

      I am curious where the info about natural immunity incurred from going barefoot comes from. Would love not to vax for tetanus, but have done so because my daughter insists on going barefoot on our farm…steps in poop almost daily, often has small cuts, sometimes punctures, on her feet. She is not great about reporting wounds to me as she has learned pretty good wound care when the injury is new but doesn’t seem to get it about following up with protecting the site or continuing wound care afterward. I usually only know that she’s even had an injury when the bandaid wrappers are on the floor or peroxide or lavender oil is left out. I also seem to recall, but may be incorrect, that using the immunoglobulin is not so simple…could require hospitalization for dispensing it. Do any of you know about that?

      February 1st, 2013 2:33 pm Reply
      • SoCalGT

        Hi Karen, Here is a little info on the natural immunity.

        “The medical profession has always stated that a person does not acquire natural immunity to tetanus. But the funny thing is that in 1975 in Dakar, in the proceeding of the 4th international symposium on tetanus, they talked about “latent” natural immunity causing reactions to primary immunisation. Then there was the study in JAMA Nov 19, 1982, Volume 248, No 19, in which a large number of the unvaccianted Amish showed serological evidence of immunity to both diphtheria and tetanus.” – http://www.vaccinetruth.org/tetanus.htm

        Your daughter seems to at least have a good start on proper wound care if she goes for the peroxide and lavender on her own. I like to use Melrose Blend (Melaleuca, tea tree) for cuts and wounds. The oils really penetrate the skin to get into an area that may not be so easily reached. I was just like your daughter. Never wore shoes. Mucked stalls barefoot. Ran through pastures and paddocks. The horses were easier. Their “biscuits” didn’t pose a problem. Cowpies however were another story. They often required good grass, a hose or a walk through the creek!

        February 5th, 2013 11:15 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Carlson via Facebook

    Hmm interesting – since they always want to vax you if you do get cut and its been awhile.. Thank Mike will look into it.

    February 1st, 2013 11:40 am Reply
  • Mike Beers via Facebook

    As I understand it, the vaccine wouldn’t do anything for you if you already have tetanus in you, from a puncture wound, etc. If you believe in vaccines, you would have needed to have gotten it PRIOR to the injury. What does seem to make sense would be the Tetanus Immune Globulin shot, which can be gotten without thimerosal. I’m not sure what else is in it. I’m sure there are questionable things. But someone who has fear of getting being effected by tetanus should look into the TIG before the vaccine, for sure.

    February 1st, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Deborah Lynn Clauss via Facebook

    Let me offer a different perspective here, Tetanus is a devastating illness, that can and will result from infected wounds, while most of us leading healthy lives and taking excellent care of our children and our own health do not need this immunization, many others do not and desperately need it. As a nurse I see kids from deplorable homes fed a steady diet of Doritos and soda, these parents and kids are so ill informed about health they often lack basic information about keeping a clean home, let alone a wound clean and free from infection. And yes The Td vaccine will prevent infection if given within a few days of a new “dirty” wound. Immunoglobulin is reserved for active early tetanus infections. Hope this gives some insight into what I see ANC the families many of us try desperately to care for

    February 1st, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • CCM

    This is scary. Tetanus shot can cause Hugh’s Syndrome aka Antiphospholipid disease, which could cause blindness.


    February 1st, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Stephanie Carlson via Facebook

    I do vax for tetanus but got really sick myself after my routine booster. I had no symptoms – they just caught it on routine blood work. Had elevated liver enzymes for 2+ months. Every week or so the enzymes climbed higher – Ended up getting scanned and tested for hepatitis and other liver issues. I was ok but that was not pleasant. I will probably put off the next shot unless I get cut or bit.

    February 1st, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Traci Flowers via Facebook

    2 years ago I got a spider bite that became infected. I didn’t notice until it started draining. At the doctors office they cleaned it up and gave me a booster. I felt I should because it was so deep, and it wasn’t bleeding on it’s own. Big mistake. The next day I had tingling in my toes that became progressively worse to burning. I was diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. In the first year it cause sever anxiety attacks, which I’d never had before, severe burning and numbness and a lump that didn’t leave the injection site for a month. I have gained almost 50 lbs, have to endure the daily pain, because I refuse to be on a daily pain medication, and if it wasn’t for my children I know I could be depressed. I push myself daily to get through the day. It’s horrible, and if only I’d known what I do now, I think I’d rather have gotten the disease it tries to prevent.

    February 1st, 2013 11:36 am Reply
    • Diana

      Traci, that’s awful! Thanks for sharing your story – you’ve certainly made me determined not to give it to my kids. Best of luck with recovering from your shot. I hope it’s sooner rather than later X

      February 1st, 2013 11:24 pm Reply
    • Jen

      Idiopathic? That’s crap… you know exactly what caused your condition. The medical community will never admit it, though.

      February 2nd, 2013 1:52 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    Another thing I would add is that tetanus is killed by oxygen. A good thing to do for a wound is to make it bleed so it self cleanses, then wash with pure hydrogen peroxide to kill any tetanus bacteria. A dr that tried to push a vaccine on my 6 yr old son when he nearly completely chopped his big toe off with a wooden beam, backed down very quickly when I told him I had seen it bleed well, then doused it in hydrogen peroxide before the ambulance got there. He agreed that after doing that, his risk of contracting tetanus was very low.

    February 1st, 2013 11:35 am Reply
    • Maria

      Thank you, Sarah, for your blog about this and thank you, Alyssa, for that info!

      February 1st, 2013 11:48 am Reply
      • Tracy

        Awesome! Good to know!

        February 1st, 2013 1:52 pm Reply
    • Leigh

      Hi Alyssa, emailing from Australia, can you just buy that from any pharmacy/chemist? thanks, agree, good information.

      October 18th, 2013 7:42 am Reply
  • Charlotte VanGenechten via Facebook

    I asked this question somewhere else and never got a satisfactory response. I’ve had the tet shot a few times over the years…..I live on a farm and have occasionally stepped on a nail or ripped open skin on wire. They always ask how long since last shot….then give it again. Now I know not to bother.

    February 1st, 2013 11:32 am Reply
    • Yolanda

      Oh, do be careful. We used to live on a farm, and one of my baby goats died of tetanus. If you would around animals, and if you are in danger of getting any injuries… I know that immunizations are not perfect, and even carry risks, but believe me, you don’t want to die of tetanus.

      February 5th, 2013 10:22 pm Reply
      • Liz

        If you have had booster shots before without any effects, why would you risk not having one?

        May 24th, 2013 4:04 am Reply
  • Amy

    I believe this with all my heart! My two children will always remain unvaccinated — I love the salt water idea for injuries, but we also have this salve that my husband’s grandfather made that works wonders on wounds!! Beeswax, tobacco, I don’t know what’s in it, but it works! Anyways, thank you for sharing more important information!

    February 1st, 2013 11:32 am Reply
  • Jen Ward via Facebook

    I would hate to “loose” my life, I like it tight.

    February 1st, 2013 11:31 am Reply
    • Jen

      LOL! A huge pet peeve of mine, and it’s so pervasive!

      February 2nd, 2013 1:49 am Reply
  • Tracy E. Hill via Facebook

    Every single check up I am offered the tetanus booster.

    February 1st, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Jen Ward via Facebook

    In the event of an injury Can’t you get the immunoglobulin instead of the vaccine? What purpose would the vaccine serve at that point (for the present injury, not future).

    February 1st, 2013 11:29 am Reply
    • Amy Atkinson

      I had the immunoglobulin once after a deep puncture wound from palm tree spike but I had an allergic reaction, my throat and tongue swelled up and I turned bright red, the nurse was in a panic and tried to get a needle in my arm for cortisone I presume. the dumb doctor thought I was just scared!! So I’ll never have it again, but I am a little worried about rusty cuts and deep puncture wounds..when something doesn’t bleed it is risky. So I’m not sure what to do about my granddaughter, we haven’t vaccinated her at all.

      February 1st, 2013 2:20 pm Reply
    • IC

      You are right. Unless you have one tetanus vax and two (or more) boosters, you would want an iga shot for tetanus, which is totally different than a dtp booster.

      February 2nd, 2013 2:01 am Reply
    • Michaele

      I very nearly did this for my daughter with a RUSTED fish hook she stepped on which was located ON OUR DECK. We are in farm country (higher risk of toxoid). I googled it first. The immunoglobulin is made up of POOLED blood products. Serious pause factor. I have several children who are alive today because of blood transfusions, but not for negligible risk. They were *most likely* going to die without it. Some tetanus facts straight from the CDC website – In 2000, only 41 cases of tetanus were reported in the U.S.
      33 percent of reported cases of tetanus occurred among persons 60 years of age or older and 60 percent occurred in patients greater than 40 years of age. That means 40% of 41 cases – of 16.4 cases reports in under 40, and of those ONLY 3.24 deaths. If anyone can find more recent statistics, give a holler. I don’t even think any of them were children but I can’t dig that out. Here is the pro-vaccination spot on the CDC website where I got these statistics.


      I do not agree with their simplistic solutions, there is no cause and effect proven. Our country specifically is better equipped to deal with these kinds of infections than other countries where tetanus is a terrible and very real threat. I am providing the information so you can more readily assess your risk.

      February 8th, 2013 1:04 pm Reply
      • Liz

        The likelyhood of older people getting tetanus is greater because they don’t get booster shots after 60 and people also forget to get booster shots as they get older. Younger children are generally already immunised and of the 16.4 that got tetanus a mere 3.24 deaths represents an almost 20% kill rate…

        May 24th, 2013 4:02 am Reply
  • Allie

    I cut my finger last week, it bled profusely for about 40 minutes. I did not want to go to the minor emergency for stitches because of the pressure to get a tetnus shot, and pressure to get a flu shot since all in the office would probably be there because of the flu.
    I washed it, and tightly covered it with gauze and tape. Left it alone for about 12 hours. The next day I changed the dressing, the cut was bruised and swollen, I put raw honey on it and 12 hours later the swelling was gone the bruising was gone and it was beginning to close up. I used honey on it about four more times. I will probably have a slight scar, but so glad I was able to let this cut heal on its own with the help of raw honey.

    February 1st, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Britney Nicole McGinnis via Facebook

    Thank you for posting this.
    I was told after my csection with my second son that I HAD to have a tetanus shot. I didn’t have one after my first son so I was confused. BUt they doctor made it sound like it wasnt an option, and I was only 22, so I didn’t really know how to stand up for myself.
    Recently Ryan (my oldest) split his toe open on a nail in our old base house. My first thought was “Does he need a tetanus shot”? I am now very mindful of vaccines. I still am uncomfortable with doctors and don’t know how to explain this to them. Whenever a new doctor starts asking about shot records…I just find another new doctor.

    February 1st, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Rebecca Girouard via Facebook

    You obviously have not cared for a person infected with Tetanus…Intensive Care, intubated, and unconscious for 6 weeks…it is ugly and most people loose their life.

    February 1st, 2013 11:28 am Reply
    • Alison

      Thank you Rebecca. Although I agree that most doctors and hospitals inoculate unnecessarily, tetanus is a very deadly infection to contract. It is always worth looking at both sides of the coin.

      February 1st, 2013 1:38 pm Reply
  • Amanda McConaghy via Facebook

    My son recently needed his head (scalp) glued after hitting himself with the claw end of a hammer. They wanted to do the tetanus shot and I refused. I was a little worried at first until I researched it more. Really, the only way for tetanus to breed is if it (the germ) is shoved deep into the skin and then fests there without oxygen (like a puncture wound). If it’s a free flowing, bleeding wound, then there will not be tetanus. we just kept an eye on his head for a few days to make sure there was no infection, and all was well!

    February 1st, 2013 11:26 am Reply
    • Vickie Lusby

      I am so glad that you wrote this article. I believe that both of my children develop autism as a result of their MMRV. They received shots the same day within a week both of my kids were showing autistic tendenacies. They were perfectly normal until then. Yet I was considering getting a tetanus shot since I am a gardener and I planning to work on a construction project.


      February 1st, 2013 5:47 pm Reply
      • Greg

        Vickie I find this interesting that you note this. As an education major studying to become a teacher I have been learning about various disorders. I do not say the shot did or did not cause Autism in your children, but honestly there is really no good scientific proof as to what causes Autism as well as we know that Autism does not have to show signs at the start of one’s life, but can develop and manifest itself at a later age. (I have a cousin who didn’t show any signs of Autism until he was 11.) As I said I do not dispute your claim because in all honesty vaccinations have caused other medical conditions to occur (such as some have the potential to cause Asthma in small children.) I hope this does not come off as rude because that was not my intent, but in my studies we still do this day do not know what causes Autism, but we do know it can either just appear in people or that (like most other disorders involving the brain) is inherited through the generations. (On the inherited part it could be you may never know if anyone in your families were autistic because back in the old days autistic people were normally hidden and the labeling didn’t really start until about 40 years ago when schools starting being required to take in special needs students.)

        April 27th, 2013 2:06 am Reply
        • Zoey


          I say this respectfully because it is clear that you are trying hard to understand the situation, but there are scientific studies linking autism and vaccinations: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html. And the studies that are cited to “prove” there is no link are severely lacking: http://www.fourteenstudies.org/studies.html. In addition, there is a MOUNTAIN of “anecdotal” evidence that is consistently ignored, belittled and just plain lied about by the mainstream press (paid for by Merck, Sanof-Pasteur, etc’s advertising dollars). If you have met and talked to hundreds of people with the same story, you realize there is a link whether scientific consensus has acknowledged it yet or not. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/the-results-of-a-well-child-visit-retold-in-a-mad-libs-format-or-just-maddening/

          April 27th, 2013 2:56 pm Reply
          • Heather

            Autism is a tag for a collection of symptoms, as opposed to a specific disease, such as a bacteria or a virus. Why must it have only one cause? My guess is that there is an underlying genetic issue, that can be triggered by various events, causing autism.

            April 30th, 2013 2:32 am
          • Michelle

            For those who claim there are scientific studies linking vaccinations to development of autism, I emplore you to take a look at this comic.
            Though it is represented in an illustrated fashion, the information represented is 100% factual and can be backed by numerous sources.


            May 2nd, 2013 6:06 pm
        • Shea

          Greg, your poor use of the English language shows your incompetence. Although Vickie’s post shows amateurism yours is much more obvious. Autism is not a word to be capitalized. Also your comment, “but in my studies we still do this day” is just ignorant. “We still to this day” is likely what you meant. If you want to correct someone and sound smart please type like you know something. Thanks, an agitated reader.

          September 20th, 2013 1:37 am Reply
  • Healy Real Food Vegetarian via Facebook

    I’ve been wondering about this myself! Thanks for the article!

    February 1st, 2013 11:25 am Reply
  • Anju Wilson via Facebook

    I’m not a fan of vaccines and when I applied for my green card, the govt wouldn’t issue me papers till I got my tetanus shot. It was so disappointing because I even submitted religious exemption and they wouldn’t budge.

    February 1st, 2013 11:24 am Reply
    • Megan

      so you got papers hopeful they wont make you again

      February 2nd, 2013 1:53 pm Reply
  • Becki Miller via Facebook

    We don’t vaccinate and when my daughter was bit by a dog we took her to urgent care. They gave her antibiotics (I wouldn’t give them to her now but I didn’t know any alternatives then) but they never suggested a tetanus shot. I find that interesting now. Maybe it was God’s protection over us in our delicate emotional state.

    February 1st, 2013 11:24 am Reply
    • Min

      When a school aged child is presented as a patient with a wound that would suggest a tetanus shot, it is usually assumed that the child is vaccinated. Most schools require this vaccination (and many others) for class enrollment.

      February 1st, 2013 12:32 pm Reply
    • Tracy

      What are your alternatives to antibiotics?

      February 1st, 2013 1:48 pm Reply
      • PJ

        Probiotics inside and Essential Oils outside.

        February 1st, 2013 11:46 pm Reply
  • Kirry Kreukniet via Facebook

    It’s useless to get a tetanus shot like you had to in order to play on the golfteam, ridiculous! Yet, A few years ago I got a nasty bite from a dog that didn’t bleed very well. I did get a tetanus shot for this, because I have seen what tetanus can do to people and it scares the sh*t out of me, so I took the risk. I guess it depends on the injury whether to choose to get it or not. Bitten by a dog;yes..since I have no alternatives for this and I was very scared for tetanus. to enter the golfteam; hell no!

    February 1st, 2013 11:23 am Reply
  • Pamela Tolkkinen via Facebook

    Have you read what Dr Cowan writes about Tetanus? Tetanus is a poison, not at all the same as a disease. The only two we will vaccinate for are Tetanus and Rabies (if needed).

    February 1st, 2013 11:23 am Reply
    • Louise

      Thank you so much for referencing Dr. Cowan. After reading a poorly researched and extremely biased article about horrific experience with their un-vaccinated child nearly dying from Tetanus last month in New Zealand, I’ve been so confused about what to do for my children.

      February 1st, 2013 1:13 pm Reply
  • Lily Ray Slattery via Facebook

    http://wanttoknowit.com/uses-of-formaldehyde/ Why would anyone want to inject themselves with a substance also used as embalming fluid….

    February 1st, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • Kelley Stone Williams via Facebook

    When I researched this recently I learned that lavender oil poured in the wound will kill tetanus.

    February 1st, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • Amanda McCandliss via Facebook

    Did you know they have a flu shot booster now too? I never heard of it until yesterday.

    February 1st, 2013 11:18 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Bivens via Facebook

    All I see when I look at those sutures is that the knots should all be to one side (left or right) of the wound. And the knots aren’t consistant either…

    February 1st, 2013 11:18 am Reply

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