The easiest way of preventing tetanus is by immunization.

  1. There are two important components of tetanus prevention:
  2. Tetanus immunization (receiving routine tetanus vaccinations) and what's known as post-exposure tetanus prophylaxis (receiving a shot after an injury occurs).
  3. For children, tetanus immunization is part of the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) vaccinations. Children typically receive a series of four doses of DTaP vaccine before 2 years of age, followed by a booster dose at 4 to 6 years of age.
  4. After that, a tetanus and diphtheria booster (Td) is recommended at 11 to 12 years of age, and then every 10 years through adulthood.
  5. Neonatal tetanus can be prevented by making sure that all pregnant women have had their tetanus immunizations and by delivering babies in sanitary conditions.