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Tetanus Shot Pain & Tetanus Vaccine Injury

Tetanus shot pain and adverse reactions are common following vaccine administration. In severe cases, various side effects include shoulder injuries, Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, Anaphylaxis, and other injuries. If you suffered an adverse reaction or injury after receiving the tetanus vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.


What is the Tetanus Shot?

The tetanus vaccine is administered to prevent tetanus which is a bacterial infection. Sometimes referred to as Lockjaw, it is a serious bacterial infection that affects your nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles. These injuries are initiate different side effects than a flu shot injury or an MMR vaccine injury. Tetanus can interfere with your ability to breathe and ultimately threaten your life. The bacteria can be found in soil, dust, and animal feces making young children a susceptible target.

Tetanus shots are a part of the childhood vaccine schedule, which calls for four injections between two (2) months and four-to-six (4 to 6) years of age with a booster provided at 11 or 12 years of age. Adults generally have the option of one (1) booster every 10 years thereafter. 


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Tetanus Shot Ingredients

The TENIVAC Tetanus vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Aluminum phosphate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium chloride
  • Water for injection

The Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids vaccine, made by Mass Biologics, is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Aluminum adjuvant
  • Formaldehyde
  • Thimerosal


Risks That the TETANUS Vaccine Poses

Reaction to tetanus vaccine is common and differs somewhat between children and adults. Mild side effects are very common, with approximately one in four (1 in 4) children experiencing them. Some of these are common in adults too.

  • Slight fever
  • Swelling and/or redness at the site of injection
  • Tenderness or soreness
  • Fussiness
  • Non-stop Crying
  • Seizure
  • Other conditions

Tetanus shots can also cause Brachial Neuritis which is commonly referred to as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome ("PTS"). This condition causes paralysis throughout the shoulder muscles accompanied by extreme pain. Although pain and treatment can vary between individuals, Parsonage-Turner Syndrome can last as long as two (2) years and lead to irreversible muscle deterioration.

If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse reaction, illness, or severe injury after receiving the tetanus vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation ProgramCall the national vaccine injury attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer for more information. Not only is the phone call free, but our representation comes at no cost to you.


Page last reviewed and updated: December 2, 2020

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