"The disease is rare in the United States, with less than 100 cases of tetanus reported annually. "
The medical establishment would like for people to live in fear of getting tetanus whenever they get a cut, but the statistics simply do not support that. It makes no sense to be giving the tetanus vaccine to millions of babies and children when their risk of ever getting tetanus is next to zero and the vaccine has its own set of potential adverse reactions. The only reason why the tetanus vaccine is still on the market is because of profit, plain and simple!
Most people who get tetanus do not get lockjaw. The vast majority fully recover. Since Clostridium tetani, which is the bacteria that supposedly causes tetanus, is typically found in soil and animal manure, those who live and work on farms have a small risk of getting tetanus, if they have a deep cut with something that has soil and animal manure on it, but the risk for those who live in cities is virtually nonexistent. One has a greater chance of being struck by lightening than ever getting tetanus.
Doctors simply recommend cleaning minor wounds with soap and water and a disinfectant, and this is usually sufficient protection. On the other hand, there are a wide range of potential side effects from the tetanus vaccine including: brain damage, seizures and difficulty swallowing among others. The tetanus vaccine has also been linked to causing sterility in women because of a hormone placed in the tetanus shot. From 1990 to 2011 there were 117, 360 adverse events reported as a result of vaccines that contained the tetanus vaccine. These were reported to VAERS - Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System of the Centers for Disease Control. (http://vaers.hhs.gov/data/data). Since most adverse vaccine reactions are never reported, it is generally believed that these numbers only represent about 10% of the actual number of adverse reactions to vaccines.
The bottom is that most people have almost a zero risk of every getting tetanus and those who take a tetanus vaccine are exposing themselves to the multiple risks of the vaccine itself. The only justification for the tetanus vaccine being on the market is big profits for the drug companies. President Obama should have the need for the tetanus vaccine re-evaluated.
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