Anyone living in the country and having direct
access to farm animals and invasive thorn and the likes are more at risk of
contraction tetanus than people living in appartments in town and working in
offices, for sure. Similarly, kids playing in farm surroundings are more at risk
than kids playing with video games indoors.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 8:01
Subject: [nafex] Fruitgrowing and
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
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?
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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