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Re: tetnus vaccine

Wow!  I didn't know that.  Hmm, might have to look into that.

on 01/30/2003 4:51 PM, ECPep@aol.com at ECPep@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/30/03 4:27:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> mhobertm@excite.com writes:
>> haven't had one in about 10 years and recently remember hearing that
>> tetanus is a soil borne pathogen...
> That is true.  It is also skinborne.  Manured or humus rich soils are more
> likely to contain the bacteria.  It is a spore forming bacteria making it
> especially difficult to kill with aseptic methods.  A gardener should be
> aware as it enters BWO skin wounds.
> However the question of interest is, in your state can you find a doctor with
> the vaccine?  In NYS there is no tetnus vaccine available from a private
> doctor, you need to go to a hospital where it is kept in supply by the ER.
> This has been so for around two years or more.
> My visiting nephew from Florida stepped on a nail and it went through the
> tissue between his toes.  The ER in a NY hospital charged him 400.00 for the
> service as he was not insured in NY.  Ask what your state health dept. is
> doing for public health services such as supplying tetnus vaccine.
> The ten year window on revaccination is thought to be five by some
> authorities though it is seldom done unless an event takes place. Strange
> situation.  Tetnus vaccine had been available freely for years.
> Claire Peplowski
> NYS z4
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