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Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a bacteria that is found in soil. The disease is spread through open cuts and wounds that have been contaminated with infected soil.

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.

Reduce your risk

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:

  • Pay attention to any new wounds or cuts that you get on holiday and keep them clean.
  • Wear appropriate footwear to avoid soil coming into contact with your feet.
  • Make sure that your vaccinations are up to date before travel.

Vaccination for travel

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.

If you think you have tetanus

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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