If you do not have symptoms but your doctor thinks you could develop tetanus, they will clean any wounds you have and give you an injection of tetanus immunoglobulin.
Your doctor may also give you an injection of tetanus vaccine if you have not been fully immunised in the past.
If you have tetanus
If you develop symptoms of tetanus you will need to go to hospital. Tetanus is a serious disease — there is no treatment for it once it has developed.
If you have tetanus, healthcare providers work to support you as the disease takes its course.
Hospitalisation and supportive care includes:
- breathing assistance
- circulation and heart function support
- pain and anti-spasm medication
- nutritional support such as tube feeding
- prevention of blood clots and skin sores.
You will usually spend several weeks in intensive care units waiting for the disease to clear. Most people who survive tetanus recover fully. This is often after a long period of physical rehabilitation.