Tetanus can be found worldwide so there is always a risk to travellers that have not been fully vaccinated. In the UK there are relatively few cases of tetanus reported as the NHS encourages vaccination against it throughout childhood.
Tetanus is picked up through wounds that come into contact with infected soil. The best way to prevent tetanus while on holiday is to be cautious:
In the UK we vaccinate against tetanus at three separate points in a child’s life. If you did not receive the full course of vaccinations, or it has been over ten years since your last vaccination, we recommend a booster vaccination before travel.
The early symptoms of the disease include stiffness of the jaw, difficulties swallowing and muscle spasms. If you suspect you have contracted tetanus, seek immediate medical help.
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