Family Practitioner Questions Tetanus

My daughter got scratched by my dog. Will she need a tetanus shot?

My daughter is 7 years old and while playing with my dog got accidentally scratched on her face. Nothing major and no blood, but there is a welt. Will she require a tetanus shot?

2 Answers

Not if she is up to date on her routine vaccines.

A tetanus shot is not necessary if her shots are up to date. Appropriate cleansing of the scratch and topical OTC bacitracin ointment daily until healed is my recommendation.