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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: 2011-05-14 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silver-nyssa.livejournal.com
Wow, I had no idea you can get tetanus from soil and manure. Thanks for the info! If it's been over ten years since I've had one then it must be just barely because I'm fairly certain I had to have one to get into the school I went to for 9th grade.

Date: 2011-05-14 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
Time for a booster shot! I had always heard about getting tetanus from stepping on rusty nails, but there have been people who have died from a simple scratch from a bush!

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