The Truth about Tetanus…

I’ve wanted to write a blog on tetanus for awhile now. I’m so sad every time a parent contacts me, because their child was given the DPT or DTaP vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis) after a visit to the ER for stepping on a nail or anything that resembles a cut, scrape, or puncture wound.  Just recently a very good friend contacted me in the middle of the night. She was so concerned over her young son receiving DTaP in the hospital that night. They didn’t want him to receive the 3 in 1 shot, but they were scared about tetanus, because he had stepped on a nail that day. So the young boy received the vaccine.

Fear is such a strong motivator for vaccines.

I know many families that don’t vaccinate, but they are still very fearful about tetanus and say that they might probably choose the tetanus vaccine if their child happened to step on a rusty nail.

Fear does that to people.

Most parents want to know why a child just can’t receive a tetanus vaccine? Why do they have to receive diphtheria and pertussis too? Why is tetanus given as a 3 in 1 shot? Does stepping on a rusty nail really warrant a tetanus vaccine?

And this is my hypothetical question that I have always wanted answered:  Why is it ok to give a child the tetanus vaccine (in the form of DTaP) at, say, their 1 year “well baby” visit, but only 2 weeks later, when they unexpectedly end up in the ER with an open would, the child is automatically given another tetanus booster (in the form of another DTaP)? How is this ok? And how does this make sense?

I love one of the recent status on The Thinking Moms Revolution site the other day. One of the Thinking Moms (Tex) was interviewed on a radio show called: “Vaccine Myths”

“Where are all the rusty nails?”

“You mean the rusty nails that actually have bacteria from cow manure on them? The ones that SOOooooo many children seem to be stepping on every year? Gee… we don’t know Tex. But if they are such a huge threat – then why don’t they offer the Tetanus vaccine WITHOUT the Diptheria and Pertussis for parents who might consider getting THAT vaccine if they don’t want the combo? Combo or singular- vaccines cause damage. Rusty nails are a FAR lesser threat than the aluminum and formaldehyde, and monkey DNA and aborted fetal tissue DNA and neurotoxins that make up these vaccines”


There is a story about a boy from New Zealand almost dying from tetanus that is circulating fb right now. Of course the gist of the story is that he was “unvaccinated”. Many vaccine safety advocate groups say the story is not true. If the story of the boy is true (which I doubt, because the story has a million holes in it), then based on what the parents are quoted saying, I have some major issues:

“As soon as they (the doctors) said it was tetanus my other two kids were vaccinated the very next day, against all childhood diseases.”

I couldn’t agree more with a comment I read on the Great Mother’s Questioning Vaccines fb page:

“If this article is in fact true then these parents are very reactionary and motivated purely by fear. They read a few scary stories and decided not to vaccinate then had a scary experience and vaccinated the heck out of all their kids. Not my kind of parenting role models regardless of their stance on vax”

You can read the original story (HERE) As you read it, it is very obvious this article was a push for vaccines and not really about the boy with tetanus.

I read an article on the Immunization Awareness Society for Informed Choice website today. It breaks the story down (properly) of this boy almost dying from tetanus and gives a very accurate portrayal of what informed consent really looks like in a family that originally choose to not vaccinate.

“… Everybody needs to understand above all else, is that informed consent is not made by listening to conspiracy theories, or emotions and feelings.  Informed decision making is also more than just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to an intervention such as vaccination.

Most parents who make an informed choice not to vaccinate, will research thoroughly everything they can.  Not just about the diseases, or the vaccines, but what constitutes good health.  These parents do everything to ensure their children remain healthy and happy, and understand the risks involved in ALL the diseases, how to prevent them if possible, how to treat them at home, risk factors for the diseases and complications, and so on.

…parents who make a scientifically informed choice don’t make important health decisions on the basis of conspiracy theories online, or call themselves ‘hippies’, or assume that having a science degree makes them well informed; neither do they suddenly find out they are ignorant the night their child falls ill”
-Immunization Awareness Society for Informed Choice

You can read the full article (HERE)

Anyways, all of this can easily turn into a debate over whether or not the article about the unvaccinated boy is true or not. And really, who cares. This is about tetanus. Learning the truth about tetanus is what is most important.

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So what is Tetanus?

“Tetanus is the name of a sickness you get when the bacterium Clostridium tetani enters your body and flourishes (with a life cycle). The emphasis should be on ‘flourishes’ because Clostridium tetani requires an anaerobic environment. What does this mean? It means for the bacterium to survive, it must be in an environment free of oxygen.

In other words, to get sick with Tetanus, you must get the Clostridium tetani into your body, such as through the infamous example of stepping on a nail. Then you must ensure that the wound does not get oxygenated (does not bleed and is not exposed to air) and you must ensure the bacterium multiplies enough to start a life cycle, because the toxins released when they die is what causes Tetanus symptoms.

Summary: Tetanus requires a wound that is deep enough and neglected enough to create an anaerobic environment so that the bacteria can flourish, die off and spread a toxin in the body. The incubation period is 3-21 days, the average being 8 days.

And what does it mean to ‘oxygenate’? It means to bleed. Blood is oxygenated by passing through the lungs and then flowing through the body to oxygenate all the tissues. That is how we live. We are oxygenated creatures. So if you step on a nail and you bleed, the Clostridium tetani cannot live. In other words, Tetanus is impossible to get if you are alive, pumping blood normally through your body and taking care of the wound.  Feel bamboozled yet?” – Tetanus Vaccination: Fact & Fiction,  read entire article (HERE)

According to the CDC’s own website: “Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person. 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. Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from 1996 through 2009″

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

Say what?!? Pretty much, the CDC’s own website tells us it’s not common and is found in wounds caused by contaminated objects…

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The incidence of tetanus had almost completely disappeared by the time vaccines became popular. Tetanus vaccines has been a part of  of mass inoculations since the 1940’s. It’s the T of DPT. Since the 1950’s a child received 4 DPT shots by the time he is 18 months old. Even after that, for life, any time anyone steps on a nail or gets a minor cut, tetanus “boosters” are routinely given. But what sense does it make to pretend to cure a disease that is caused by a puncture would which may have the remotest possibility of containing Clostridium by giving the person another puncture wound that definitely contains Clostridium, or its byproducts?

It’s one thing to claim that the vaccine could confer immunity before the injury happened. But to pretend a shot could immunize someone after the infection has occurred trespasses into the realm of superstition. No manufacturer has ever claimed curative powers for any vaccine. They’re preventatives, remember? That’s the whole basis of immunology.

Again, no scientists claim curative value after being infected with Clostridium. Nor do any suggest that a subsequent vaccine would prevent the development of tetanus. Think about it: if you have a disease process already going on, how could adding more of the pathogen or its toxoids to your blood possibly help you? This is pure science fiction” -Dr Tim O’Shea
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“But what if???”

1. “IF for some reason you and your child’s doctor assess a risk for Tetanus, you have the option of choosing a non-vaccine shot called Tetanus Immunoglobulin or TiG for short. The TiG is an anti-toxin serum, not a vaccine.

IMPORTANT: if you suspect Tetanus, make sure your child gets the TiG shot! Many doctors and nurses sadly are not informed on this issue. They will pressure you to give your child the vaccine instead. Even if you ask for the immunoglobulin, some medical employees might not know what this is or think you are mistaken and assume you want the vaccine. Sometimes they claim to have a “T” only vaccine, which is untrue.

This creates a dangerous situation because the vaccine will not take effect soon enough if your child was exposed to Tetanus, and even if the vaccine did take effect soon enough, vaccines don’t work for everyone. Make sure you see the packaging and/or insert of the immunoglobulin shot to ensure it is the right medication”

Tetanus Toxoid = Vaccine
Tetanus Immunoglobulin = Anti-Toxin

2. Cuts, scrapes, nicks, and wounds need to be cleaned. Soap and water go along way.

3. Heat helps to kill tetanus bacteria. A good soak in some Epsom salts to help with wound healing is good.

4. Put hydrogen peroxide, which is H2O2 (extra oxygen) after any significant wound injury. The extra oxygen kills tetanus spores additionally.

One of my favorite doctors, Dr. Kurt Perkins says this:

One thing I would like to point out is the ridiculousness of giving a tetanus shot AFTER you have a puncture wound.  Why get a puncture wound that definitely contains tetanus from a puncture wound that might not contain tetanus?  It’s sketchy enough to say you’re immune from tetanus from the regular vaccine schedule but to say there are curative powers by getting the vaccine AFTER the puncture wound is pretty ballsy, yet many line up to get injected after they think they might have tetanus.
After all, where do you find tetanus?  It’s in soil and the intestines of animals and humans. I want my son to experience nature but I draw the line at playing in the intestines of animals or humans.

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Love Dr. Kurts humor! If you have not read his article called “My CRYSTAL Clear Stance on Vaccines”, you really should. You can find it (HERE)

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How did the conventional wisdom of tetanus shots from a dirty rusty nail outdoors where Clostridium may be harbored in animals spoors – how did that idea get transformed to needing tetanus shots after the slightest most antiseptic nick around the house?” -Dr. Tim O’Shea from the book “Vaccination is NOT Immunization”

115 thoughts on “The Truth about Tetanus…

  1. I was bullied into getting a tetanus vax at a physical and I could not move that arm for six weeks. I made an appointment with a holistic practitioner and he gave me some remedies that worked in four days! (I wish I remember what it was. It was five years ago.) That started my journey into holistic medicine and researching vaccinations. My son was one atbthr time and we had decided to do a delayed vaccination protocol, but now I have decided to hold off on everything. I found out that hr and I have a MTHFR mutation that *could* cause issues with vaccinations. Thank you so much for this awesome article!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Yes, you there is a tab on the right side of my blog that says “Vaccines”. I’ve written extensively on polio, in a 4 part series. I’ve also written about whooping cough and measles.


      1. Thank you. We have 5 children (17,15,11,9, and 7) and only have one vaccinated; our oldest. Before children, I worked in a pediatric office and only knew about the schedule of the much needed vaccination. My now 15 year old son wants to get his vaccinations up-to-date and we, my husband and I, are not wanting him too. We have come to the conclusion that he could get his DTaP, Polio, and MMR if he really wants to, but why. I will look into your other articles and see what you have written, and maybe help my 15 year old understand the in’s and out’s to why we chose to do what we did by a different person’s point of view. Thank you for your hard work.


  2. Thank you! Please write something like this for the rabies shots. I can’t believe they automatically give babies the rabies vaccine if you find a bat in your house even if they weren’t bit.


  3. When my now 16-year-old was an infant I asked for the tetanus-only and the office somehow ordered it; that was the only one I wanted as it was “the fear factor”. Too long ago to remember if it had any of the other nastiness in it. Anyway, I asked what the rationale was of giving 3 shots in said amt of time; no one in the clinic could come up with a reason and I couldn’t find it in my searches either. He received only 2 for they ran out again and I just never bothered going back. Great to have all this info! Love it, thanks soooo much!


  4. Oh, and too bad there isn’t a conscientious objector form if you are going into the military!! You have to get everything under the sun & hope for the best 😦 My eldest has tales of all the shots but fortunately he did not adversely react to them; hope there won’t be any long-term effects but only time will tell.


    1. I wonder about all those shots we recieved while in military- if they have anything to do with the fibro I now suffer from. And ones my son got before going to Afhganstan what they will do to him.


  5. This is a fantastic post – the best I’ve read on the subject (and I’ve read a few!). I was given a Tetanus shot after a car accident 5 years ago. I cannot think why this was considered necessary – I had no puncture wounds, and the only open wounds were a cut on my face and a seatbelt-burn on my arm. Last year my husband got bitten by a dog, and I was informed that it was absolutely essential for him to get a Tetanus shot. Despite my plentiful prior research on the issue, I’d never managed to find anything that clearly explains why post-wound Tetanus vaccines are so pointless (and non-beneficial). Thanks so much for taking the time to write this detailed and informative post – now I will be able to make better decisions in the future!


  6. Recently, my doctor’s office told me that they can’t order a tetanus only vaccine. Since we live on a farm, I was ok with just the tetanus for my daughter, but apparently it’s unavailable. Is there a manufacturer that makes the single rather than the combo vaccine? If anyone knows, it would be great information to have.


  7. I appreciate your article i was confused about the whole subject im now informed and in a situation the final decision will be mine


  8. Oh so glad to find this resource today 🙂 We are on day 3 of our “tetanus watch” after our 5 year old accidentally put the sewing machine needle through her finger while using the sewing machine to make a felt pouch 😦 Total bummer. Went to ER, needle was removed from finger, xrays before and after gave docs impression the needle did not go into bone. DD is not vaccinated against tetanus, so began the pressure to give her injections with the Tetanus Imunoglobin ( sourced from other human’s blood) and the first in a series of 3 vaccinations( Dtap), because a solo tetanus injection is not available to us, or the whole world it sounds like. We said no and planned to follow up with out primary care physician. So we followed up and physician was equally as concerned and didn’t change his tune with any of the research I presented about tetanus and the risk of the vaccination. A friend of mine also said the imunoglobin can be really hard on the recipient, hard on the body, fevers, sickness, etc. which prompted him to go through the talk about how devastating tetanus is and how “our community has not had any cases in a very long time and preventing a issue in this situation seems very cut and dry”. It took a lot out of me to hold true to my feelings and research and not give into the stress of contradicting. It really takes a lot out of me, these doc office visits. It feels like a lot for just routine stuff let alone the unforeseen stuff like accidents 😦 But I kept thinking about not introducing ANOTHER puncture wound to her body. The last thing we seem to need right now is another puncture wound that surely has the Clostridium in it!!! Why does that not change how my doc feels when I say that?Why doesnt that statement hold water with him?! In your words from the above article “But what sense does it make to pretend to cure a disease that is caused by a puncture would which may have the remotest possibility of containing Clostridium by giving the person another puncture wound that definitely contains Clostridium, or its by products?” So well said! What about our DD’s immune system and it’s ability to fight off infection?! Fight of tetanus?! Why do I want to put a further burden on her body? Lag it down now with a vaccine that MIGHT only help the NEXT time she MIGHT get a tetanus type injury? So we passed on the injections and I reviewed my wound care protocol with him. Made another follow-up and I guess we will do it all again in 3 more days. I will keep up the warm water and epsom soaks, the raw honey lose bandage 1xper day, leaving wound open at night when she sleeps, 25 drops echinecea and usnea tincture 2x per day, clean diet, rest and love and communication on how her body feels to her and what she need, wants and the balance between the two. Thanks again so much for the supporting info today. I really needed that 🙂 It’s so helpful to find support for your beliefs when your beliefs come off as odd, rare, poor judgement to others.

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  9. Still tetanus free here on Day 12 from the sewing machine needle incident of 2013. Last check-up at docs did not come with any pressure to receive 1st series of dtap.

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  10. Thanks this was a good read and something I haven given considerable thought to as well. The difference for me is I am on a farm with cows and horses. Sometime last year I actually knelt on a very old rusty price of barbed wire hidden in dirt in the middle of a paddock, went straight into my knee and of course the fear sets in, but then my rational brain took over. I squeezed some blood out and when I got home put some iodine in the very small puncture and was mindful of how I felt for the next few days/weeks. I was fine, so my point is if I didn’t get tetanus after that then I think the fear we are fed has really worked on your average person. I should mention I have had tetanus shots in the past but not for over 20 yrs.


  11. I am 53 year old female.
    I remember… I was about 13 years old (40 years ago)
    I was in Girl Scouts. We were going to have a field trip to a horse farm and go horse back riding.
    I was REQUIRED to get a TETANUS shot before I could ride a horse!
    Has anyone ever heard of that?


  12. I never knew this about vaccines.. I’m speechless. It’s odd that all of a sudden I became interested in information on vaccines just recently and it’s just been slapping me in the face without even having to Look. I would like more please, thank you


  13. In 1991 I cut the tip of my thumb with pruning shears. I couldn’t stop the bleeding so I went to the ER. They would not treat this unless I submitted to a tetanus booster shot. I hadn’t had any vaccines for over forty years and submitted to the jab under protest. Within two weeks I was presenting symptoms of achalasia, a neurological disorder of the esophagus. I deal with this debilitating disorder to this day – every day. The medical fix (surgery) for achalasia is medieval. I’ll not let them compound the problem, so I deal with it the best I can.


    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope that you find some things, perhaps natural, that will help you. May sound like a long shot, and I am unfamiliar with them, but essential oils sound like they are amazing for many things. There are also various vaccine detox methods including Kerri Rivera’s in Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism (which I think may help others, too) and Best wishes to you.


  14. I found this blog just this morning and it gave me courage! My son stepped on a nail at the park yesterday. It went through his flip flop and punctured his big toe. Did I mention that we were at the duck pond park? Yes, after the puncture he stepped in duck poop dirt and it covered the wound. Ugh! 10 year old boys!!!! Could you please contact me ASAP. I need some sound advice!


  15. I am about to travel to Thailand and Australia, I am not wanting to get vaccinated, and would like to know what you recommend to do for Hep A, and Typhoid? Thank you
    Your blog is so much help and I love reading it.


  16. Wow you have eased my mind about my kids getting tetanus. Im a worrier and every little cut or wound can send me into all the what if scenarios. Im educating myself so I can approach things more rationally when things like this come up. Thanks for writing this post


  17. Interesting post! Thanks for sharing! My son is at that horrible clumsy stage (15 months) and he is unvaccinated. Tetanus has been my greatest worry. This has helped ease my mind, especially since yesterday he fell at the park and scraped both knees on the dirty pathway. In your opinion what would constitute the tetanus immuglobin shot? Google (love hate relationship) states that even scraped knees can contract the virus. Im just curious when should one be legitimately concerned?


  18. what about stables?. Tetanis can stay there for a long time I hear?? My son isn’t vaccinated but we have stables at the back where he plays. And so many people still have stables. So what about Tetanis threat in and around stables???


  19. My husband went to the emergency room last year for a finger sliced by his saw. He was offered a tetanus shot, and I told them I did not want him to get the combo shot. So if they didn’t find just a tetanus shot, then we didn’t want one. Guess what, they found a tetanus shot, just tetanus. Amazing!


  20. Thank you for your info and insights! Thanks too for all the great info and insights shared. About 10 years ago I got a flu shot and promptly got horribly ill, then three weeks later got the flu. I asked my Dr. Why and was told the flu shot only protects from a few selected strains. Why did I put myself thru all that only to be protected from a few selected strains? Not to mention hearing about other things found in vaccines that are bad for the body. I’m 46, I have lupus, ibs, fibromyalgia, …. the list goes on. Today I refuse flu, pneumonia, and tetanus vaccines much to this disdain of my Doctors. I have no doubt that there are way too many vaccines given and ridiculous pressure applied to acquire them. The number of shots given a two mth old are unbelievable but I never realized the total amount given children. More discussions need to be had about this. I agree too, our media/news is no longer reliable. In fact in today’s world I always follow the money and if there is a lot to be had around anything then I investigate legitimacy and sadly vaccines are included.


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