What should I know about tetanus vaccines before getting one?

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Before getting any type of tetanus vaccine, you should be aware of some of the medical conditions and medications that may interact with these vaccinations. If you're allergic to any ingredient in any type of tetanus vaccine, or if you've had a severe reaction to a tetanus vaccine in the past, you should not get it. If you've had seizures or a coma within a week of taking any type of tetanus vaccine, you should not get another tetanus vaccine unless another cause of those problems has been identified. Talk to your doctor before getting a tetanus vaccine if you have epilepsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (an autoimmune disorder) or any problems with your nervous system. If you're ill the day you're scheduled to get a tetanus vaccine, you should wait to get it until you've recovered. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk to their doctor before getting any type of tetanus vaccine. Certain medications may interact with the tetanus vaccine. Before getting either type of tetanus vaccine, tell your doctor about any medications and supplements you're taking, especially immunosuppressants, corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs. Other medications may also interact with tetanus vaccines, so make sure to tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking before getting vaccinated. Different types of tetanus vaccines are appropriate for different age groups. For children younger than seven years of age, only the DTaP and DT vaccines should be used. For children older than seven years of age, teenagers and adults, only the Tdap and Td vaccines should be used. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about tetanus vaccines.

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