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Re: tetnus vaccine

Summer before last, I scratched my ankle on a metal door.  Two days later,
the leg and foot were swollen, the scratch (all of 1/2 inch long) bright red
and ugly, so I saw my family doctor for a tetanus shot.  At that time, he
had no vaccine; he explained that at that time there was only one factory in
the US manufacturing the vaccine and it had burned.  The only vaccine
available in Houston at that time was in emergency rooms for severe wounds;
no private doctors kept it on hand.  I got an antibiotic, which cleared the
infection.  No one I know has needed tetanus since, so I don't know if this
situation has been resolved.

According to my doctor, there isn't much profit in tetanus which resulted in
the single manufacturer.

I'd be interested in knowing if the vaccine is available again.


----- Original Message -----
From: <ECPep@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 11:07 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] tetnus vaccine

> In a message dated 1/31/03 10:46:58 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> pulis@mindspring.com writes:
> > It may be because of the severe allergic reactions some people have to
> > vaccine.
> Awful as it may be to accept, there is some side effect exposure to all
> interventional procedures and vaccines are just one.  The nearly 100%
> mortality rate of a tetnus infection would probably result in no-one
> treatment.  Myself, I have had a sore arm for a few weeks from a tetnus
> vaccination.  Most have no noticeable response.  Your parents were
> terrified wondering who did the right thing.  Being a parent, it would
> been mighty uncomfortable for me.   Amongst the many childhood
> we accept are case histories of serious side effect reactions and deaths.
> boils down to the life isn't fair concept.  Immunization therapy is one of
> the medical wonders of our lifetime.
> Claire Peplowski
> NYS z4
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