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Originally posted by sapient
jrmcleod is correct, but with just a minor correction. It's HIPAA that guarantees you the right to read and obtain copies of your own medical records. They can charge you "reasonable copy fees," but they must provide it to you upon request.
Tetanus is a bacterial infection (also called lockjaw) and a person usually gets it through a break in the skin, like stepping on a nail, or like you, putting your hand through glass. The recommendation is to have a tetanus booster every 10 years. But, when a person goes into the ER with an injury like that, they will usually give another tetanus booster if you haven't had one in the past 5 years.
I have no idea why they would ask you to receive a second tetanus shot only a week after they already gave you one though. That would be much too soon for another booster. Are you sure that the first shot they gave you was a tetanus shot? Could the first one have been an antibiotic shot maybe? Either that, or the hospital that you went to is keeping terrible records to not realize that they had already given you a tetanus booster the week before.
edit on 1/3/2011 by sapient because: can't spell
MassBiologics (MBL) of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) announced today that they have entered into an agreement that provides Merck with exclusive rights to market and distribute MBL's tetanus and diphtheria toxoids adsorbed (Td) vaccine in the United States, with the exception of Massachusetts, where MBL will continue distributing the vaccine. Merck plans to begin distributing the Td vaccine in June 2010. Specific financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Originally posted by RogerT
do some thorough research on the rather dismal history of the vaccine scam
Originally posted by Aggie Man
I went to the Dr. this morning for my annual physical. While there I received a tetanus booster (it's been 15 years since my last). Anyhow, my Dr. also asked me if I had received the flu vaccine this year. I told the Dr. that I have not and that I will not. My Dr. replied by saying "you probably don't need it anyway". I was kind of surprised by that response.
Originally posted by SunnyDee
reply to post by VneZonyDostupa
Just like all the different flus over the years, diseases come and go. Some believe that many of the diseases you mention did just that, went away on their own, it probably helps that we live in a cleaner environment than days of old.
Originally posted by westcoast
I can tell you WHY they are pushing the tetnus vaccine so much right now. It isn't even because of the tetnus, but pertusis