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RE: Roses and tetanus

Seems to me that a long time ago I knew someone on another list who'd
had a friend die of tetanus from a wound received while gardening. That
person advised the list we should get tetanus shots every five years
(and btw, the number I usually hear is 10 years). 
I do get mine renewed every 5 years or so because they offer them free
here at work every couple years. It may be overkill but it costs me
nothing. Considering how much I'm grubbing in the dirt, and the amount
of sheep poop (and now horse poop) I'm around, it seems worthwhile.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 7:05 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
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

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