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Gardeners should get a tetanus shot every ten years, because tetanus bacterium can live in soil and manure.  It only takes a break in the skin--and what rosarian doesn't have battle wounds?--for Clostridium tetani to attack the nervous system.  Most people think of lockjaw, but there is so much more to the symptoms.  It's a long, lingering, horrifying death that can last for weeks.  So, get your innoculation!

And *ow* I got mine yesterday, and my arm is sore!  But it's better than having convulsions strong enough to break bones. 

Date: 2011-05-12 09:53 am (UTC)
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A few months after I had my last tetanus shot I was wandering about on our property (which has been farmland as well as garden, so even more likely to have tetanus around) when I stood on a four-inch nail hidden in the soil. It went in an inch or so (through my shoe). When I recovered from the shock, I was *very* glad I'd had that shot.

Date: 2011-05-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
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It's amazing how many rusty nails there are on properties! Although, I've read of women who have suffered merely from a scratch from a bush.

Ouch, for your poor foot.


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