Adolescents and adults with tetanus-prone wounds are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT or dTpa if their last dose was more than 5 years ago.

Pregnant women with tetanus-prone wounds are recommended to receive this booster dose as dTpa to also protect against pertussis (see Pertussis).5

Table. Guide to tetanus prophylaxis in wound management shows appropriate tetanus prophylaxis measures in wound management, including using tetanus immunoglobulin

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Last updated: 
4 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
4 June 2018

Definitions

dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation