Tetanus Vaccine: What Are the Risks Associated With the Tetanus Vaccine?
This vaccine helps prevent:
- Diphtheria —which causes a sore throat associated with a thick covering in the back of the throat
- Tetanus — which causes painful muscle tightening all over the body; also known as lockjaw
- Pertussis — which causes bad coughing spells that make it difficult for infants to eat, drink, and breathe; also known as whooping cough
Last reviewedJune 2013by Brian Randall, MD
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