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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Tetanus
Answer: Tetanus is good for 10-15 years and there has been a national push to immunize patients since we have slipped over the last 15 years or so. Secondly, diphtheria can reoccur and should be given with the tetanus. I frankly feel this is a more important issue than tetanus. I used to see 2-3 adults a year with adult diphtheria(post immunization as a teen). This is a lingering and tough disease although not fatal like childhood disease. I recommend it;but, it's not life and death.