When to Get a Tetanus Shot

What is tetanus?

Tetanus is a bacterial infection caused by Clostridium tetani; a type of bacteria that can be found in soil. The bacteria make a toxin in your body that causes the disease.

Symptoms include:

Microscopic View of Tetanus
  • muscle spasms, especially in the face and neck (lockjaw)
  • painful fits that can last for minutes
  • not being able to open your mouth (lockjaw)
  • swallowing problems
  • breathing problems
  • heart problems
  • fever

Why and when should I get vaccinated?

Around 1 in 10 people who get the disease will die from it. Babies and older people have the highest risk of dying from tetanus

Immunisation protects against tetanus toxin. Tetanus-containing vaccines prevent disease by making antibodies that bind to the toxin, rather than the bacteria.

  • Infants and children are recommended to receive tetanus-containing vaccine in a five-dose schedule given at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months of age, and 4 years of age.
  • A booster dose of tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended for adolescents between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • A tetanus-containing vaccine booster is recommended for all adults at 50 years of age and at 65 years of age if it is more than 10 years since the last dose.
  • Vaccination is recommended every 10 years for travellers to countries where health services are difficult to access. Travellers with a higher risk of a tetanus-prone wound are recommended to be vaccinated every 5 years.
  • Adolescents and adults who have never had a tetanus-containing vaccine are recommended to receive 3 doses of tetanus-containing vaccine with at least 4 weeks between doses, and booster doses at 10 years and 20 years after the primary course.

Some wounds are more likely to encourage the growth of tetanus bacteria. Examples of these wounds are:

  • compound fractures (the broken bone pierces the skin)
  • burns
  • animal bites
  • any type of penetrating wound, such as from a rusty nail or rose thorns
  • wounds contaminated with soil, horse manure or foreign objects such as wood fragments.

Where can I get the tetanus vaccination?

 Our clinic, Medsana Medical, located in Eight Mile Plains provides free tetanus vaccinations. Booking can be made via our website or by calling 07 3852 4878

For further information on tetanus and vaccination recommendations see the Australian Immunisation Handbook website.


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Covid 19 vaccine provider - eligibility checker

1. Checking when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine

To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://covidvaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. 

This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in.

2. Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on 07 3852 4878 to book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine. 

You can also book online on our website, or come to Medsana Medical Clinic. Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses of the vaccine. Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

3. Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination