Immunization with Tetanus Toxoid – The Schedule.

Many individuals have had tetanus toxoid at different times during their life time for prevention of tetanus infection usually after sustaining an injury. However, Tetanus Toxoid (TT) is given to women of reproductive age to prevent tetanus infection in the newborn.

Every woman of reproductive age should have at least two doses during the antenatal period.

However, FIVE (5) doses are required to confer a LIFE LONG protection.

The schedule is as follows :

TT1 First dose
TT2 Four weeks after the first dose
TT3 Six months after TT2
TT4 One year after TT3
TT5 One year after TT4

Side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Swelling at the site of injection
  • Pain/ soreness at the injection site
Tetanus is better prevented than ‘cured’, especially in the newborn. 

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