Ask the Doctor: Do I need a tetanus booster?

Question: My doctor told me I'm overdue for a tetanus booster. I'm 64, and I wonder if it's really necessary at my age. Can't I just get one if I get a deep cut?

Answer: We usually associate tetanus with stepping on a rusty nail or getting a dirty puncture wound.

But it can also result from minor injuries such as a pinprick, an animal scratch or a splinter or thorn from the garden. That's why it's important to keep up with tetanus immunizations at every age.

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