For more information on the symptoms, treatment and transmission of tetanus visit the NHS Inform website.
- For more information on tetanus immunisation, including updates, please refer to the Public Health England (PHE) Green book, chapter 30.
- Read our guidelines for the public health management of tetanus, botulism or anthrax among PWID.
- For the diagnosis, surveillance and epidemiology of tetanus view the guidance produced by Public Health England.
Immunisation against tetanus is the most effective method of prevention and it's been part of the childhood immunisation schedule since 1961. Tetanus vaccine is included in the UK childhood immunisation schedule, with routine primary vaccination recommended at two, three and four months of age, followed by a booster dose from age three years and four months, with a further booster at 13 to 18 years.
Vaccine uptake statistics
Vaccine uptake statistics for tetanus are published on the Public Health Scotland Data and Intelligence website.