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Health Hotline...Tetanus booster needed every 10 years -- for kids and adults

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As kids, many of us grew up knowing that bare feet should avoid rusty nails at all costs. We knew that rusty nails could cause tetanus -- often called lockjaw.

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Tetanus is a dangerous bacterial infection that causes painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. The bacterial spores -- called Clostridium tetani -- enter the body by way of animal bites, surgical wounds, needle injection sites, burns, ulcers, and by the proverbial rusty nail.

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