Yes, you can contract a tetanus bacterial infection from a dog bite or a dog claw scratch which breaks the skin. However, many Americans are immunized against tetanus, and the disease is largely preventable. Tetanus bacteria can be found in soil. Because dogs often dig in the ground and use their mouths to pick up objects, it is not uncommon for canines to have tetanus bacteria embedded in their claws or present in their saliva.
If you are involved in a dog attack which draws blood, it could be critical to your health to see your doctor. You should have the wounds cleaned and make certain your tetanus immunization is up-to-date. Most children are required to have a tetanus immunization in order to attend school. However, some children may not be immunized. Adults may not have received a tetanus booster shot, which is recommended every ten years.
If you are bitten by a dog, you may need to receive a tetanus booster shot within 72 hours of the animal attack to prevent a tetanus infection. At Russell & Lazarus, our California dog bite lawyers are dedicated to helping dog bite victims who are seeking compensation in the aftermath of a serious dog attack and injury. As our way of introducing the firm, we offer free, confidential case evaluations to those who have been injured in the Orange County area. To schedule your complimentary consultation with an attorney, call us today toll-free at (800) 268-9228. Let us show you how we can help.