Lyme and TETANUS shot?

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   Posted 3/20/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday my dad found a tick on him. He burned it into his skin, resulting in the head being attached in his body and he was unable to remove. When he went to the emergency care clinic, they insisted on giving him a TETANUS shot in the exact same arm near his tick bite.

Has anyone ever heard of getting a tetanus shot as a result/protocol of having a tick (or head of tick) removed?? This seems strange to me.

I am very anti-vaccination. Have done a LOT of research for many years and used to work for a pharma company, so I KNOW what goes into vaccines and what harm they do to the body. I myself would not ever get a vaccination of any kind unless traveling to Africa for example.

Since his body is already fighting the (potential) lyme and coinfections (knock on wood), now his body has to fight the tetanus shot and that foreign substance, thereby taxing the immune system even further IMO.

Has anyone heard of a Tetanus shot being given for a tickbite? Do you have any thoughts or information on this? I am baffled at certain medical establishements and 'protocol' these days. Thanks for your input!
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   Posted 3/20/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
This shot is not a treatment for a lyme bite. I think this is another example of ignorance about Lyme with medical professionals. I can remember one time having a tetanus shot and getting about as sick as I have ever been from the reaction to it--I actually thought I was close to death. I was told there is a bovine and horse serum, and that I was probably allergic to one of them. But not knowing which was which I never had another one even when in the beginning of my Lyme symptoms, my jaw hurt and would lock so badly that I even suspected lockjaw! Of course now at least I know what the jaw symptoms were.

I hope your dad gets the proper help soon.
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi naturebabe -

I am happy to read your dad got rid of the tick`s head. A tetanus - shot after a tickbite is not very common here, but I have heard of cases when docs tried to give it to people, telling them that the ticks live on animals which are partly on the ground and the tetanus is in the soil and so one. Its probabely kind of occupational disease of the medical establishment to infantilize patients. It is the same thing everywhere.

If he will have a vaccination reaction it should be within 6 to 48 hours for tetanus vaccine; can you have an eye on him to make sure that he rests some and will not be overactive after the tickbite, the tetanus- "encounter" and the heavy doxy doses? Maybe you would like to share what the llmd says to this if you dont mind- it would be interesting to know.
I also do not like the thought of his immune system being taxed further but yes, let us all knock on wood and assume he will not have to fight lyme and co.

Good that you still have some doxys left over in the fridge!!! I can highly recommend to have some in stock for an emergency case.
Take care!! greetings to you both, dorit

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   Posted 4/5/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
wow that is old old old school. One of my neighbors who is nearly retarted use to go in and get tretnus shots for all of his lyme bites.....
thought that he was kidding. but explains why his face is so disfigured and he looks so bad.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

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   Posted 4/5/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
To detox vaccinations, I was told to take homeopathic Thuja (NOT the herbal tincture, that won't work).

The last time I had a tetanus shot, I got a fever the evening of the shot, and 1 week later had a nice round rash at the shot site. Reactions to immunizations can be delayed, esp. in the immunocompromised.
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