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 Grand Rounds: Measles and varicella maternal antibody waning in Ontario infants
In this presentation, we will outline the epidemiology of measles and varicella. We will also describe a study performed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to investigate immunity to measles and varicella in infants that are less than 12 months of age.