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  • Is your tetanus shot up to date?

    For many years, it was believed that booster shots were necessary every ten years, but recent research shows that once every thirty years would be adequate.
    I think a person's chance of contracting tetanus is now about one in ten million, but the fatality rate is about 13%.
    I'm not taking any chances.

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    If I had as many needles sticking out of me as I've had stuck in me, I'd look like a porcupine!
    I've been xrayed so often, I should glow in the dark!

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      As I recall, it used to be annually on your shot record when applying to get a visa for many countries. So, every ten years is pretty good. Especially if one travels as much as I do

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      • #4
        No.

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          I'm a once every 10yr Guy. when you work around rusty farm equipment & fencing wire.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Treestand View Post
            I'm a once every 10yr Guy. when you work around rusty farm equipment & fencing wire.
            And watch out for that rusty nail!

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            • #7
              If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by country road View Post
                If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.
                I see you are back, stars and all. Congrats!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by country road View Post
                  If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.
                  That shingles shot is important, even if the co-pay is high.
                  I've know three people who got shingles, and they all say it was the most painful experience of their life.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by country road View Post
                    If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.
                    I only take the flu and pneumonia shots

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                      I'm a once every 10yr Guy. when you work around rusty farm equipment & fencing wire.
                      Never had a tetanus shot in my life. Actually only take a flu and pneumonia shot.
                      When I was in the service I signed my own shot card and never took the shots.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                        I'm a once every 10yr Guy. when you work around rusty farm equipment & fencing wire.
                        I got my first tetanus shot in the army at the reception center.
                        It was painful to move the arm that got the shot, so naturally, I was given a broom to sweep the floor with.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by country road View Post
                          If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.
                          Same with me,Pneumonia and Flu with a 10yr tetanus booster shot.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by country road View Post
                            If there's a shot or vaccine that will help me stay healthy and continue to enjoy doing what I do, you'd better believe I stay current with it. I agree with Tree about the farm equipment, except that I keep my tetanus up with five year boosters. I take shots for flu, pneumonia, shingles and unnecessary ugliness. Three out of four work.
                            Last time I took a "flu shot" was in 1992.
                            The wife and me were at the doctor for our regular check up.
                            "How about a flu shot while you're here?"
                            "Sure! Why not?"
                            A week later, we knew, "Why not?"!
                            We'd never been so sick!
                            Haven't had a flu shot since and will never voluntarily take another!

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                            • #15
                              When I worked in plants and shops where metal was being machined and cut I would go the once every 10 years route.

                              CDC recommends one before travel.

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