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Tetanus is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.

Tetanus (lockjaw)2

Tetanus is an acute, often fatal disease caused by a potent neurotoxin produced by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. Tetanus bacteria are all around us, found in dirt, dust, rust (many people associate tetanus with stepping on a rusty nail), soil, animal manure, and human stool.

The bacteria enter the body through an open sore or cut, and the disease travels up nerves from the muscles, affecting and stiffening the muscles in the jaw first; hence "lockjaw." The disease can cause serious pain and breathing difficulties. Children who survive may often have ongoing brain and memory damage.

Vaccination and booster shots are the ONLY way to protect your child from getting tetanus.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Tetanus. Accessed March 17, 2016.