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  • Tetanus for Parents


    Tetanus (also called lockjaw) is a preventable disease that affects the muscles and nerves, usually due to a contaminated wound.

  • Tetanus for Teens


    Tetanus is a bacterial infection that grows in a contaminated wound. Because it can be serious, it's important to get immunized. Find out more.

  • How Can I Tell if a Cut Needs Stitches? for Parents


    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Your Child's Immunizations: Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP) for Parents


    Find out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.

  • Bites and Scratches for Parents


    Animal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.

  • Your Child's Immunizations for Parents


    Immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.

  • Diphtheria for Parents


    Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that's rare in the United States, where health officials immunize kids against it. But it's still common in developing countries where immunizations aren't given routinely.

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) for Parents


    Pertussis is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a whooping sound when the person breathes in. It can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, part of the DTaP immunization.

  • Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes for Teens


    Most small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions heal on their own. Here are tips for teens on how to treat cuts at home - and when to get medical help.

  • Immunizations for Teens


    Missing out on shots puts you at more serious risk than you might think. That one little "ouch" moment protects you from some major health problems.