Tetanus & It's Effect

“The bacteria are usually found in soil, dust and manure and enter the body through breaks in the skin - usually cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects.” – CDC, 2013

“Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from 1996 through 2009.” – CDC, 2013

Annual U.S. Mortality Rate for Tetanus

Less than 4 deaths per year

“233 tetanus cases were reported during 2001--2008; among the 197 cases with known outcomes, the case-fatality rate was 13.2%” or 4 deaths per year - CDC, 2011

"Doctors can diagnose tetanus by examining the patient and looking for certain signs and symptoms. There are no hospital lab tests that can confirm tetanus." - CDC, 2013

Adverse Effects of DTP

"The committee concluded the evidence convincingly supports 14 specific vaccine–adverse event relationships. In all but one of these relationships, the conclusion was based on strong mechanistic evidence with the epidemiologic evidence rated as either limited confidence or insufficient." Of these "14 specific vaccine-adverse event relationships," 1 of them are from the tetanus vaccine.  The symptom that have been confirmed to be convincingly supportive of causal are "Anaphylaxis." – Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines; Institute of Medicine,TABLE S-2 –Summary of Causality Conclusions, 2011

"DTP or tetanus vaccination appears to increase the risk of allergies and related respiratory symptoms in children and adolescents...The odds of having a history of asthma was twice as great among vaccinated subjects than among unvaccinated subjects (adjusted odds ratio, 2.00; 95% confidence interval, 0.59 to 6.74)." - Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000

For more info on the many dangers of the DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (whooping cough)) and DTaP vaccines, please visit the Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and The Vaccine (DTaP/DTP) page.