Since tetanus spores occur everywhere in our environment, vaccination is the only effective means of protection. Following the vaccine series in infancy and early childhood, booster doses every 10 years are recommended to ensure long-term protection against tetanus.
Canadian Immunization Guide. Evergreen edition. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/index-eng.php (external link)
Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/immunization-index (external link)
Seasonal Tetanus Campaign 2013
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Capsule HistoryEarly 1900s – Over 5000 cases of tetanus occurred in the United States every year.
After 1920 – The introduction of horse antiserum neutralized the effect of tetanus toxin and improved the care of wounds, leading to reduced cases and deaths in Canada and other industrialized countries.
1940s – The vaccine became available in Canada and the United States. The rate of tetanus among wounded soldiers, for example, was 30 times less in World War II than in World War I. During this decade, routine immunization of infants began in Canada.
1980s to present – From 1980 to 2004, the number of cases reported annually ranged from 1 to 10, with an average of 4 per year; no cases of tetanus were reported in newborns in Canada.
Tetanus (Global Television interview – May 13, 2009) (WMV: 7m, 3:15)