Tetanus Shots at Miami-Dade Walk-in Centers

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that produces toxins that affect the nervous system, causing extreme muscle stiffness. The bacteria is commonly found in soil, manure, and dust. It can enter the body through punctures, cuts, and scratches caused by nails or other sharp metal objects. Tetanus symptoms include muscle spasms or tightness in the neck, jaw, or body; rapid heartbeat; difficulty swallowing; and high fever. Left untreated, tetanus can be life-threatening.

It’s recommended for everyone 11 years and older to get the Tdap shot as a booster for the 5-series DTaP shots that were received as a child. Tdap is a vaccine that protects against three different bacteria: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). If you or your child haven’t received a tetanus shot yet, getting immunized will ensure you and your family are protected.

How Our Urgent Care Can Help

If you are overdue for a tetanus shot or are worried about bacteria entering a minor cut or wound, you can walk in to any nearby UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center and receive a Tdap shot—no appointment necessary. One of our UHealth – the University of Miami Health System board-certified doctors will clean and drain your wound, administer the tetanus shot, and in some cases, prescribe an antibiotic.

Speak with a physician before having a tetanus shot if you:

  • Are allergic to eggs
  • Experienced an allergic reaction to a tetanus shot in the past
  • Are currently feeling ill or feverish

Most Common Questions

Do I need an appointment to receive a tetanus shot?

No, you can walk in to any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center for a Tdap shot. UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers in Country Walk, Cutler Bay, Doral, and Keystone Point are open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and North Dade is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

When should I get my tetanus shot?

Tdap is given only once during your lifetime. However, you may need routine booster shots of the Td vaccine every 10 years to protect yourself against tetanus and diphtheria.

Who should receive a tetanus shot?

One dose of a Tdap shot is routinely given at age 11 or 12. People who did not get Tdap at that age should get it as soon as possible, especially if you are experiencing tetanus symptoms or are pregnant.

Does a tetanus shot hurt?

Pain at the injection site is a common side effect from receiving the Tdap vaccine. If pain or swelling causes discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to help.

How much does a tetanus shot cost?

If you have insurance, your Tdap shot may be covered by your insurance plan. You may have to pay a copay and/or a deductible. If you don’t have insurance, click here to view the price to see a doctor and the additional fee for a tetanus shot.

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