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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.
Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized

Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized

Researchers report challenges in reducing tetanus mortality

Researchers report challenges in reducing tetanus mortality

New method of cervical cancer screening eliminates Pap test

New method of cervical cancer screening eliminates Pap test

HPV and other adolescent vaccines do not negatively impact fertility in young women

HPV and other adolescent vaccines do not negatively impact fertility in young women

Prenatal Tdap vaccination not linked with increased risk of autism in children, study shows

Prenatal Tdap vaccination not linked with increased risk of autism in children, study shows

Vaccine schedule is a must-have on child’s back-to-school checklist

Vaccine schedule is a must-have on child’s back-to-school checklist

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Outrage over China vaccines scandal

Outrage over China vaccines scandal

Simple tips to treat minor cuts

Simple tips to treat minor cuts

WVU researcher aims to produce updated whooping cough vaccine

WVU researcher aims to produce updated whooping cough vaccine

Study shows effectiveness of prenatal Tdap vaccine in preventing infant pertussis

Study shows effectiveness of prenatal Tdap vaccine in preventing infant pertussis

California hospital giant Sutter Health faces heavy backlash on prices

California hospital giant Sutter Health faces heavy backlash on prices

Meningitis in Newborns: What to Look Out For

Meningitis in Newborns: What to Look Out For

Adults skipping vaccines may miss out on effective new shingles shot

Adults skipping vaccines may miss out on effective new shingles shot

Measles vaccination provides child survival benefits beyond protecting against infection

Measles vaccination provides child survival benefits beyond protecting against infection

Reminders can improve immunization rates

Reminders can improve immunization rates

HPV vaccine shows long-term safety and efficacy in protecting against most virulent strains

HPV vaccine shows long-term safety and efficacy in protecting against most virulent strains

Teen tattoos - an issue raising concern

Teen tattoos - an issue raising concern

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school

Children need to be up-to-date on immunizations before heading back-to-school