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Tetanus: how long does vaccination coverage last?

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Tetanus: how long does vaccination coverage last?

How long is tetanus vaccination coverage? After the children’s doses, when should the first booster be given? If you miss a booster shot, are you less protected once you get vaccinated again? If I had the recall in 2016 am I still protected?

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The effectiveness of tetanus vaccination decreases over time. Although protection is almost total in the first 10 years after administration, it subsequently begins to decline. Accordingly, it is recommended that a booster be given every 10 years after completion of the initial cycle. The latter, according to the National Vaccination Calendar by age contained in the National Vaccine Prevention Plan 2023-2025, consists of the administration of three doses of the vaccine, carried out at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 10th month, followed by a fourth dose at reaching the age of 5. The first booster dose is recommended between 12 and 18 years of age. The first three doses are part of the hexavalent vaccination, while the fourth and fifth doses also include protection against diphtheria, whooping cough and polio. For adults, it is recommended to carry out a booster shot every 10 years with the combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. However, if one of the scheduled boosters is omitted, once the single booster dose has been given, its effectiveness will not be compromised. If you have already received your booster shot in 2016, you will be protected until 2026, when you will need to be vaccinated again to maintain protection.

When should the tetanus vaccination booster be given? August 22, 2023

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*Giancarlo Icardi is Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Hygiene Society (SItI).

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only: it does not represent medical advice in any way and cannot replace diagnoses or treatment indications recommended by your doctor or a specialist.


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