3.3  Tetanus

In this section, you will learn about what tetanus is, how it is transmitted, what its clinical symptoms are, and how it can be treated and prevented. Having this information will help you to identify cases of tetanus and refer them to the nearby hospital or health centre for further treatment. All cases should be reported to the District Health Office. After reading this section, you should also be able to educate your community about the causes of tetanus, and how to prevent it. You will learn how to give the tetanus toxoid vaccine to children, and to women of reproductive age, in the Module on Immunization.

3.2  Overview of bacterial vaccine-preventable diseases

3.3.1  Definition, cause and occurrence of tetanus