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Tetanus: the green book, chapter 30

Tetanus immunisation information for public health professionals, including updates.

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Tetanus: the green book, chapter 30

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This edition includes updates on:

  • epidemiology of tetanus
  • management of tetanus prone wounds
  • correct dose of immunoglobulin for prevention of tetanus
  • use of immunoglobulins for the treatment of clinical tetanus

Tetanus is an acute disease caused by the action of tetanus toxin, released following infection by the bacterium Clostridium tetani.

In November 2018 revised guidance for healthcare professionals on the use of immunoglobulins for the treatment of clinical tetanus and the management of tetanus prone wounds was issued.

Chapter 30 update patches.

Published 20 March 2013
Last updated 22 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added correction to the Scotland supply section.

  2. Added the revised chapter to include updates on the epidemiology and management of wounds and immunoglobulins.

  3. Updated advice on management of exposure prone wounds and supplies of immunoglobulin.

  4. Added link to revised guidance for health professionals.

  5. Added link to interim guidance.

  6. Updated the Body text to include a link to National Archives (chapter update patches) and NHS Choices.

  7. First published.