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Re: Roses and tetanus

Did a little search and it seems that many health departments are advising
getting tetnus shots if you garden:
CDC says:
All adults should get a Td shot every 10 years.  
Tetanus lives in the soil and enters the body through breaks in the skin.
Because gardeners use sharp tools, dig in the dirt, and handle plants with
sharp points, they are particularly prone to tetanus infections. Before you
start gardening this season, make sure your tetanus/diphtheria (Td)
vaccination is up to date. 
While you are at it, ask your health care provider if you need any other

> [Original Message]
> From: Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 10/3/2006 9:07:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
> told that to your friend was just overly zealous.  In fact, I was just at
> oncologist's a couple of weeks ago, and he asked me if all the punctures
> dings on my hands were from working with plants.  He didn't comment
> when I answered in the affirmative.
> zem
> 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?
> > Auralie
> >
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