Tetanus (lockjaw) is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. The spores are commonly found in soil, dust and feces. A person can become infected with tetanus when the spores enter the body through broken skin such as a puncture wound, cut, animal bite or burn. Tetanus is characterized by muscle spasms, seizures, fever and may result in death. In Ontario, a vaccine series to prevent tetanus is started in infancy with booster doses throughout life.
To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.
PHO Rounds: Building Climate Resilient Health Systems: Lessons from Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate - Science Assessment 2022
This presentation will provide an overview of recent evidence of climate change risks to health systems. New research findings will also be presented that can help health authorities plan for the impacts of climate change and reduce risks as Canada continues to warm.