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Australian Immunisation Handbook
Victoria State Government Immunisation information
Identify if wound is tetanus-prone
Take an immunisation history, discussing the need for catch-up immunisations where appropriate.
Wounds must be cleaned, disinfected and treated surgically if appropriate.
* Vaccine to be used according to age group:
** The recommended dose for TIG is 250 IU IM, give as soon as practicable after the injury. If more than 24 hours have elapsed, 500 IU should be given. Because of its viscosity, TIG should be given slowly using a 23 gauge needle.
NB Children with a significant humoral immune
deficiency require TIG for tetanus-prone wounds. Discuss with senior doctor or
Child requiring care beyond the comfort level of the hospital
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.
Last Updated January 2019