Tetanus Vaccination following a Wound

We have received a number of queries recently about when to vaccinate with a tetanus containing vaccine when a patient has a wound.

The table below shows the vaccines recommended. Please pay special attention to the number of doses of tetanus containing vaccine previously received and the age of the patient.

Age

(years)

 

Vaccination status

Interval since last dose of tetanus vaccine

Vaccine required

 

<4

<3 doses or unknown

 

6 in 1 vaccine

 

3 or more doses

 

Nil

4+ to 10

<3 doses or unknown

 

6 in 1 or 4 in 1 vaccine

 

3 doses only

>5 years

4 in 1 vaccine

 

3 or more doses

<5 years

Nil

 

4 or more doses

>5 years

Nil

10 +

<3 doses or unknown

 

Td/Tdap or Tdap/IPV

 

3 doses only

<10 years

Nil

 

3 or more doses

 

>10 years

Td or Tdap

 

Further information about Tetanus is available on our vaccine preventable disease page.

This page was added on 6 December 2016