If you have never been vaccinated against tetanus, it is highly recommended that you have this vaccination, as the risk is high on most continents, including Europe. Tetanus occurs naturally in soil, & in the manure of farm animals, & enters the body through wounds such as cuts, scratches, or animal bites. It is a dangerous infection – as many as 1 in 7 people who contract tetanus in the UK die from it.
Commonly affected locations
The symptoms of tetanus take roughly ten days to develop following initial infection. The main symptoms are:
lockjaw (a stiffening of the jaw muscles, making it hard to open the mouth)
muscle spasms (these can be severe, affecting swallowing or breathing)
fever (body temperature of 38C or above)
tachycardia (increased heart beat)