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How often do I need a tetanus booster?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

If you have recently injured yourself, have experienced a deep or dirty wound and you haven't had a booster shot in the last five years, then a tetanus booster may be suitable for you. 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 years of age. People who received their first tetanus vaccination as adults, should receive a booster every 10 years after that. 

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).
  2. NSW Government. Department of Health. Tetanus fact sheet. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).
  3. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Chapter 4.19 Tetanus. Available at (accessed 28th April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0199a - Date of preparation May 2018