Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system. The bacteria is found in soil, dust and manure, and enters the body through cuts or wounds in the skin.
If left without treatment, tetanus can cause: jaw cramping; sudden, involuntary muscle tightening; painful muscle stiffness; trouble swallowing; fever and sweating; high blood pressure and heart rate.
Information for the General Public
Information for Clinicians/Public Health Departments
- Case Report Form
- Disease Plan
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases