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What A Prick: Tetanus Vaccine Symptoms

Yesterday we got vaccinated against Tetanus. If you read my previous post about the Yellow Fever & Typhoid/Hepatitis A vaccine, you guys are already well aware of my hate for needles.

I spent most of the day in bed today, showing symptoms of fever, sore muscles & just downright tired.

So I decided to dig a little further & found an Australian Government health site which lists all the possible symptoms of Tetanus vaccinations.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. These bacteria are common in the environment and are found in soil, dust and manure. The bacteria can contaminate wounds, where they produce a toxin which causes symptoms of painful muscular contractions and spasms.

Unvaccinated people are at risk of developing tetanus if a wound or cut is contaminated by the bacteria. About 3% of people who develop tetanus in Australia will die as a result of the disease.

Due to the availability of a very effective tetanus vaccine and widespread immunisation, tetanus is now a rare disease.

Symptoms of Tetanus boosters/vaccinations:

  • fever
  • redness and soreness where the injection was given
  • nausea
  • headache
  • tiredness and aching muscles

In other news, yesterday marked exactly 2 weeks until we fly out. I’m already missing my family & friends.

Safe travels

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