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Tetanus is a severe, frequently fatal disease caused by an exotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani, a bacterium that is found in the environment. Tetanus is not transmitted from person to person. Rather, Clostridium tetani enters the body through an open wound, including lacerations, abrasions and puncture wounds. The toxin causes neuromuscular dysfunction, with rigidity and spasms of skeletal muscles. The muscle spasms usually start in the jaw (which is why the disease is sometimes called "lockjaw") and neck and may spread to many other muscles, leading to generalized paralysis.
New Australian pilot program to monitor the effects of flu vaccines

New Australian pilot program to monitor the effects of flu vaccines

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tetanus diphtheria booster shots not needed by adults says study

Tetanus diphtheria booster shots not needed by adults says study

Scientists developing a combined vaccine to fight most malignant brain tumor

Scientists developing a combined vaccine to fight most malignant brain tumor

Novel formulation allows use of toxin from rattlesnake venom to control neuropathic pain

Novel formulation allows use of toxin from rattlesnake venom to control neuropathic pain

Developing enhanced personalized cancer vaccines

Developing enhanced personalized cancer vaccines

What parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

What parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

Brown, Insight Therapeutics partnership to accelerate research on flu vaccines for older adults

Brown, Insight Therapeutics partnership to accelerate research on flu vaccines for older adults

People who eat bushmeat may be at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases

People who eat bushmeat may be at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases

Legislation and rising incidence of vaccine preventable diseases – the connection explored

Legislation and rising incidence of vaccine preventable diseases – the connection explored

Chest infections cause 1 in 7 child deaths

Chest infections cause 1 in 7 child deaths

Universal influenza vaccine developed at Cornell is set for human clinical trials

Universal influenza vaccine developed at Cornell is set for human clinical trials

CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough

CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough

Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Number of fully-immunized Australian kids hits record high

Number of fully-immunized Australian kids hits record high

Scientists identify malaria's Achilles' heel

Scientists identify malaria's Achilles' heel

Researchers discover new neurotoxin that selectively targets mosquitoes

Researchers discover new neurotoxin that selectively targets mosquitoes

Novel insight could improve vaccines that protect pregnant women and newborns

Novel insight could improve vaccines that protect pregnant women and newborns

Genetic variations linked with persistence of immunity after routine childhood vaccination

Genetic variations linked with persistence of immunity after routine childhood vaccination