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  • Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that causes muscle spasms and breathing problems.
  • Tetanus is uncommon in Australia because of the widespread use of the tetanus vaccine.
  • All wounds other than clean, minor cuts are considered ‘tetanus prone’.
  • If you get a wound and you haven't been immunised for tetanus in the last five years, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
  • The best prevention against tetanus is immunisation. 

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Reviewed on: 29-08-2017