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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.
Animal research and its benefits to both humans and animals

Animal research and its benefits to both humans and animals

Vaccine contributions to health highlighted at PAHO meeting

Vaccine contributions to health highlighted at PAHO meeting

$73 million to tackle infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and influenza

$73 million to tackle infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and influenza

Stable liquid technology will enable vaccines to be stored for long periods without refrigeration and reconstitution

Stable liquid technology will enable vaccines to be stored for long periods without refrigeration and reconstitution

Infections among injecting drug users are a growing public health concern in the UK

Infections among injecting drug users are a growing public health concern in the UK

Increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Indiana

Increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Indiana

German researchers are identifying lymphoma risks

German researchers are identifying lymphoma risks

ID Biomedical to supply meningitis C vaccine to the Canadian government

ID Biomedical to supply meningitis C vaccine to the Canadian government

No discernible link between the three-in-one vaccine and child behavioural problems

No discernible link between the three-in-one vaccine and child behavioural problems

Drug company fights to keep toxin in vaccines

Drug company fights to keep toxin in vaccines

Changes to the UK's childhood vaccination programme

Changes to the UK's childhood vaccination programme

The British government has announced plans for a new combined vaccination for babies and children

The British government has announced plans for a new combined vaccination for babies and children

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

Tetanus protection requires booster shots every 10 years, starting in adolescence

Tetanus protection requires booster shots every 10 years, starting in adolescence

Vaccination Week reached 40 Million in 35 countries

Vaccination Week reached 40 Million in 35 countries

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

Harmless form of the herpes virus may help create a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease

Harmless form of the herpes virus may help create a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program