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What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: kap
Date: April 18, 2009 03:19PM
And, is it true that in an emergency dr would give one a shot without asking for the patient's history due to the urgency of the situation? A community clinic charges $60 for the shot.



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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: Doc
Date: April 18, 2009 03:31PM
Call your local health department and see if they know of anyplace around that gives 'em free or discounted.
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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: April 18, 2009 08:30PM
kap,

We give tetanus shots all the time...the ER cost is substantial, though.

A few years ago, there was a shortage of tetanus boosters and we referred folks to the Dept of Health.

GL.



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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: kap
Date: April 18, 2009 09:07PM
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wowzer
kap,

We give tetanus shots all the time...the ER cost is substantial, though.

GL.

Because there was no time to check the patient's record dr would give the shot even if the patient had one the day before? I am just curious as I am a volunteer dog walker at an animal shelter. I had my shot so many years ago.

A nearby Minute Clinic charges $67. I did not see the mention of any dr office visit charge. The low cost community clinic charges $60 not including the office fee of $55. Ugh!



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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: Michael
Date: April 18, 2009 09:33PM
I got one at my annual physical in January because "it was time" and it was an extra $60.
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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: April 19, 2009 06:04AM
Here in the UK I went to my doctor a few months ago for a few minor ailments and asked about a booster for my tetanus jab I had many years ago. He said that current research has shown that if you have had a tetanus jab you don't need a booster any more. He did say that in an emergency, an accident etc. they might give you a shot just in case but there is no point in the booster for every day stuff. I mentioned it because I do a lot of gardening.



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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: Mike V
Date: April 19, 2009 07:49AM
Really?

Down here the docs say you should get a booster every 10 years.

I've had at least three Tetanus shots.



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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 19, 2009 08:33AM
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voodoopenguin
Here in the UK I went to my doctor a few months ago for a few minor ailments and asked about a booster for my tetanus jab I had many years ago. He said that current research has shown that if you have had a tetanus jab you don't need a booster any more. He did say that in an emergency, an accident etc. they might give you a shot just in case but there is no point in the booster for every day stuff. I mentioned it because I do a lot of gardening.

I think I will go with this view, since I have a really intense dislike of needles. smiling smiley

It is, however, things like this that bothers me about modern medicine. They are forever changing their recommendations. I understand that it is often because new information becomes available or longer term studies are finally finished, but it can get very confusing. And, as Mike V points out, there is often not a consensus.





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Re: What is the going rate for a tetanus shot these days?
Posted by: Doc
Date: April 19, 2009 09:58AM
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rgG
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voodoopenguin
Here in the UK I went to my doctor a few months ago for a few minor ailments and asked about a booster for my tetanus jab I had many years ago. He said that current research has shown that if you have had a tetanus jab you don't need a booster any more. He did say that in an emergency, an accident etc. they might give you a shot just in case but there is no point in the booster for every day stuff. I mentioned it because I do a lot of gardening.

I think I will go with this view, since I have a really intense dislike of needles. smiling smiley

Sorry.

Either that doctor lied or was misunderstood. There's an 18% fatality rate from untreated tetanus in the United States. It's higher in the U.K.

Immunity fades. There's a good chance that if you've had 3 shots as an adult you've got decent immunity for more than another 10 years, but it's not a sure thing. You should have a booster every 10 years.

And the shot they give at the hospital when you're wounded is probably not an ordinary booster, but is combined with a serum designed to rapidly build a peak immunity within 48 hours or so of the shot.
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