Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is from a bacteria called Clostridium tetani that are found in soil, dust, and manure. The disease affects the nervous system and leads to muscle spasms. There are three types of vaccines you can consider:
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis), which is used for the initial vaccination
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), which is used for boosters
- Td (tetanus and diphtheria), which also is used for boosters
Boosters are what you get after you received the first vaccination series as a kid. Every 10 years, you should get a tetanus booster from your doctor, either the Tdap or the Td.