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  • Tetanus and Wound Management
  • Tetanus
  • Wound Management

If an adult patient is receiving a tetanus-containing vaccine after an injury and there is no history of any prior tetanus vaccine (e.g., an Amish person who has previously declined vaccination), how much tetanus protection will one dose provide? Also, what is the time frame that the tetanus toxoid needs to be given following an injury?

One dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine (Tdap or Td) provides little or no protection. That is why tetanus immune globulin (TIG) is also recommended in this situation. See the Tetanus Prophylaxis for Wound Management section of the current ACIP statement, available at, pages 27–28. As far as timing, the toxoid and TIG should be given as soon as possible.

Last reviewed: March 31, 2022

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