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Re: [nafex] Fruitgrowing and tetanus

My doctor in Springfield, IL considered me high risk about year ago when she
insisted that I get a tetanus booster, because I worked with manure, compost
and other possible avenues of infection.  I'd go back to the doctor and
insist that he give your daughter a tetanus booster, because she is exposed
daily to manure.  Tell him to think about it!
Doreen Howard

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe and Ellen Hecksel <jhecksel@voyager.net>
To: nafex@yahoogroups.com <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, August 06, 2001 6:55 AM
Subject: [nafex] Fruitgrowing and tetanus

>Hello all:
>Two things happened recently.  My eleven year old daughter went to get
>her tetanus booster shot and was denied access because there is a
>national shortage of tetanus vaccine.  My wife was told that the vaccine
>was being saved for "high risk" individuals.  Then, I read in the USA
>Today that Wyeth-Ayerst and Baxter Hyland Immuno stopped producing
>tetanus vacine...leaving only Aventis Pasteur.
>My question to the group:  What constitutes a "high risk" group?  I
>figured that many NAFEX members qualify.  We grow some things with
>bodacious thorns (apricot seedlings, pear seedling, hawthorn, the odd
>honey locust, roses, brambles.....)  Another factor is the use of manure
>for fertilizer.  We have a small flock of sheep so we never have a
>shortage of poop.  A third factor, at least around old farm buildings,
>is the existence of old nails that might work their way up.
>Soooo, am I justified in going back and making a big stink about my
>family being in a "high risk" group?
>                                            -Joe Hecksel
>                                             Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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