Contact Information
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Immunization Program
3530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 351-7800
Fax: (213) 351-2780

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit
Phone: (213) 351-7400
Fax: (213) 351-2781

Tetanus is a contagious, acute, often fatal disease that is caused by a toxin produced by a bacterium. It can occur when the tetanus bacteria gets into contaminated wounds. The bacteria that causes tetanus lives in soil and the intestines of animals and humans. Tetanus is not contagious from person to person. It is the only vaccine-preventable disease that is infectious but not contagious. Symptoms can include painful muscle spasms and stiffness.
The muscle stiffness usually involves the jaw (lockjaw) and neck and then becomes generalized.

Tetanus can be prevented by use of DTaP, Tdap and Td vaccines. The DTaP vaccine is given as a 5-dose series (2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years). Tdap vaccine is licensed for older children and adults and one dose is routinely recommended at age 11-12 years of age. Older teens and adults who have never received the Tdap vaccine should receive one Tdap dose. Pregnant women should receive one Tdap dose each time that they are pregnant. Td should be given every 10 years after receipt of Tdap.

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Reporting Guidelines and Resources Alerts, Updates, and Reports

Report tetanus cases to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health within 7 working days by submitting the Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) Form Do not wait for lab results.

Business Hours: 
Phone: (888) 397-3993
Fax:     (888) 397-3778
After Business Hours
Phone: (213) 974-1234

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