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Tetanus Vaccines

The tetanus vaccine is combined with other vaccines, so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.

Tetanus-containing vaccines are provided for free as part of routine immunizations in British Columbia.

There are several vaccine combinations that are recommended for children and adults at various ages. 

For more information about the vaccines, who should get them, the benefits and possible reactions, click on the links below to go to the specific HealthLinkBC files. 

DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio,Haemophilus influenzae type b)

  • For children under the age of 7 years starting their immunizations in February 2009 or later
  • Three doses
  • Usually given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age
  • HealthLinkBC file

DTaP-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio,Haemophilus influenzae type b)

  • For children under the age of 5 years and starting their immunizations before February 2009
    • Four doses
    • Usually given at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months of age 
  • Given as a booster shot for children who received 3 doses of DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib
    • Usually given at 18 months of age
  • HealthLinkBC file

Tdap-IPV (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio)

  • One dose for children 4 to 6 years of age
  • Given as children start school
  • HealthLinkBC file

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

  • Given as a single booster dose to grade 9 students
  • Boosts immunity from previous doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis-containing vaccines. 
  • HealthLinkBC file

Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)

  • Booster dose recommended for adults every 10 years
  • Boosts immunity from previous doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis-containing vaccines.
  • HealthLinkBC file

For information regarding the tetanus disease please refer to Diseases and Conditions.

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