Tetanus in the Child Care Setting (Lockjaw) Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is very rare in the United States due to the very high immunization rates of persons living here. Tetanus is difficult to treat, but is completely preventable through vaccination. Children receive tetanus vaccine in combination with the pertussis and diphtheria vaccine. After childhood, adults need a booster injection every 10 years to make sure they are protected.
Tetanus (Lockjaw) Tetanus, also sometimes called "lockjaw", is caused by a toxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani. C. tetani is found all over, including soil (the garden and field kind), stool and manure, and anything lying on the ground.
TETANUS TOXOID (Lockjaw) Tetanus (TET-n-us) Toxoid is used to prevent tetanus (also known as lockjaw). Tetanus is a serious illness that causes convulsions (seizures) and severe muscle spasms that can be strong enough to cause bone fractures of the spine. Tetanus causes death in 30 to 40 percent of cases.
Tetanus Update This site is devoted to the management of patients suffering from tetanus. Conventional treatment of tetanus involved the use of very deep sedation and long periods of mechanical ventilation , which created huge problems of their own and stretched intensive care resources to the maximum. In addition, it was often difficult to control tetanus induced overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.