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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 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorelei-n.livejournal.com
I think you're supposed to get one every ten years anyway, but my brother is allergic to the shot and is a gardener. He almost died from the shot as a kid.

Date: 2011-05-13 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
Hopefully, your brother's severe reaction is indicative that he is fully protected. How frightening that he had such a reaction.

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