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Re: Roses and tetanus

I've been punctured by just about everything in my garden, and no one has ever mentioned a tetanus shot. You would think that someone in all the organizations I belong to would have noticed by now. Maybe the person who told that to your friend was just overly zealous. In fact, I was just at my oncologist's a couple of weeks ago, and he asked me if all the punctures and dings on my hands were from working with plants. He didn't comment further when I answered in the affirmative.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 9:05 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Roses and tetanus

One of my garden club members who is a florist but not a gardener
has been told at her hospital that anyone who works with roses
should have a tetanus shot every five years instead of the usual
seven. I come from a background that equated tetanus with
barnyards and puncture wounds like stepping on a nail. Any
wound that bled feely was considered no threat of tetanus.
I guess by extension a rose prick could be considered a puncture
wound, and if the rose had been fertilized with manure, there could
possibly be a connection. But it seems to me that the threat
would extend to all gardeners - not just rose handlers. Any
thoughts or information on the subject?

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