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How often do I need a tetanus booster?

Page last updated 16 June 2020

If you have recently injured yourself, have experienced a deep or dirty wound and you haven't had a booster shot in the last ten years, then you should receive a booster vaccine against tetanus. Contact your healthcare professional or GP to discuss vaccination options. 

As most infants, children, and teenagers should have received initial vaccination against tetanus and boosters as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) boosters are only required on a case by case basis.

Adults who have not received a tetanus booster within the last 10 years, should be given another booster at 50 and 65 years of age. 

Sources & Citations

3. National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance. Immunisation recommendations for adults in Australia. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

7. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for adults. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000013  - Date of preparation June 2020