Last week, I cut my foot on a razor that had fallen on the floor in my shower. It was a clean razor, and a clean cut- just shaved off a few layers of skin. I have neuropathy, so I called my doctor's office to have them look at it, just to be sure it was okay. Of course, the receptionist brought up the dreaded tetanus shot.
Now. I had a vaccine booster thirteen years ago, which makes seven total tetanus shots in my life. The initial series of 5, plus one in high school and another in 2000. The most recent one caused my arm an incredible amount of pain, and it caused flares with my asthma and joint pain and fatigue that I had not had prior to the vaccine. In short, I think it messed with my immune system because I was still full of antibodies.
I have done some research, and in the UK, the five dose series is said to confer immunity for life. In Sweden, they have found that the vaccine only needs to be boosted every THIRTY years, if that- they've studied it for 30 years, though, so that's what they can say at this time.
WHY in the U.S. do they still recommend getting the vaccine every 10 years?
This wound bled. A lot. For hours. I put Neosporin on it and I've been cleaning it with peroxide twice a day and then putting Neosporin back on it. It's not deep, and the entire thing is exposed to the air.
But of course now my anxiety is in full swing and I'm going to obsess about this for weeks. Someone help me. I know enough because I studied vaccines for years to know that the U.S. has an overly rigorous schedule and is based a LOT on profit. But because this woman mentioned the word to me (on the phone- she hadn't seen the wound), even though my doctor said not to be worried about tetanus for this injury, I can't stop thinking about it.