For nearly 100 years, Sanofi and our preceding companies have provided a vaccine for this disease. The WHO estimates that in 2015, approximately 34,000 newborns died from neonatal tetanus 1. In the absence of treatment, the outcome is almost always fatal, particularly in the very young or the elderly, and even after appropriate treatment, tetanus-related mortality remains high.
Did You Know?
Tetanus bacillus is ubiquitous and present in the soil in the form of highly resistant spores
In 2016, about 86% of infants worldwide (116.5 million infants)
Symptoms and Treatment
- Tetanus most often presents with contractions of the jaw muscle, followed by spasms of the back muscles and sudden convulsions.
- Treatment involves medicine called human tetanus immune globulin (TIG), wound care, antibiotics and vaccination 4.
- WHO. Tetanus vaccine, WHO position paper. Weekly Epidemiological Record.10 February 2017, No.6, 92, 53-76.
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- WHO. Immunization Coverage Fact Sheet. Reviewed January 2018. Accessed January 2018. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs378/en/
- CDC. Tetanus. Diagnosis and treatment. Last updated: January 10, 2017. Accessed January 2018, Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/tetanus/about/diagnosis-treatment.html
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