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How can tetanus be prevented?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

Tetanus is a vaccine preventable disease. Tetanus vaccine is provided free to:

  • infants and children, as part of the National Immunisation Program at 2,4, 6, 18 months and 4 years of age.
  • adolescents as part of the school immunisation program at 10 to 17 years of age. The age of when you receive the vaccine varies by state and territory.

Tetanus vaccination, is not funded, but recommended to:

  • adults who have reached 50 years and haven’t had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years should be revaccinated. 
  • travellers where health services are difficult to access or going to high risk areas where acquiring a tetanus-prone wound is high.
  • individuals who received a primary course of 3 doses as adults should be revaccinated at 10 and 20 years after the primary course.

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Tetanus. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).

3. Victoria State Government – Better Health Channel. Tetanus. Available at: (Accessed 19 March 2020).

5. New South Wales Government Health. Tetanus Fact Sheet. Available at: (Accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0137(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020