Why Do So Many Consider Tetanus Shots Different From Other Vaccinations?

Though deemed safe and even necessary by the CDC and the FDA as well as the medical community at large, there are many who vehemently oppose all vaccinations. Strangely, the Tetanus vaccination seems to be the one exception on many lists.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus is the clinical term for Lockjaw. It was named for the bacteria that causes it, Clostridium tetani. When this particular bacteria enters a wound, it can lead to impaired nerve function causing strong muscle spasms in the neck, face, stomach, or other parts of the body.

Lockjaw can cause non-movement of the jaw and surrounding facial muscles. It makes it virtually impossible for the person to open their mouth or swallow. Choking becomes a possible hazard. It is a very serious infection and can be fatal in up to 30% of those inflicted with the bacteria.

Clostridium tetani live and thrive in dust, dirt and even manure. It is also true that you can contract tetanus by being cut by rusty metal such as a nail, which is the most widely known cause. Though most commonly it enters through a puncture wound or a cut you can also get tetanus though burns that are not properly cleaned, animal bites and even non sterilized needles.

If you do contract an infection, you may not notice or realize it right away. The onset of symptoms can range anywhere from 3 days post-trauma to a couple of weeks with the average onset symptoms showing at about 8 days.

A Tetanus shot vaccination is the standard medical precaution.

Since the 1920’s the tetanus shot has been a routine part of childhood immunizations. It is considered 100% effective in preventing a tetanus infection. It is given during childhood and recommended as a booster every 10 years in adulthood.

Is there any alternative to vaccination?

Tetanus is different than other vaccinations in that it isn’t a disease. There is no gain of immunity build up by going through and surviving Tetanus. Tetanus itself is a potentially life-threatening poisoning of the body by way of foreign object penetration. Even if your immune system is operating in perfect health, it may not be enough to defeat Tetanus on its own.

This is why many doctors who do not believe in vaccinations still back the Tetanus shot. It remains almost in its own category.

The problem many people have with this vaccine, like many others, is that some of the ingredients are toxic and can produce varied reactions depending on the receivers overall health, age, and state of natural Immunity.

What is in the Tetanus Vaccine that could be considered dangerous?

  • Formaldehyde – Classified as a carcinogen by the National Institute of Health.
  • Aluminum Potassium Sulfate – Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. It can cause stomach pain, constipation, black stools, coughing up of blood, urinary pain, drowsiness, muscle weakness and lack of appetite.
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol – is a skin irritant which can depress the central nervous system.
  • Bovine Extract – can cause diarrhea, nausea, swelling, local redness, and itching.
  • Thimerosal – is 49.6% mercury which is a potent neurotoxin.

Other integrative therapies have shown a positive impact on Tetanus but as of yet have not received a recommendation from any medical governing body. They include:

  • Iodine
  • Probiotics
  • Black Tea
  • Cranberry
  • Ginseng
  • Thistle
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lime
  • Lavender
  • Selenium
    Raw Honey

Of course, the most beneficial thing should an accident happen, is proper wound care. If you receive a cut, scrape, burn, puncture wound or use a non sterilized needle it is vital to clean the area thoroughly and properly seeking medical care and advice.

If you choose not to get a Tetanus shot proactively, and do suffer a wound, it is important to get to the hospital quickly. You will then received not only the vaccination but also a tetanus immune globulin, which acts fast to prevent infection.

Every individual must decide if vaccinations are right for them and their family. Knowing the ingredients and possible side effects are important to be able to make educated health decisions.

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