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Tetanus toxoid ≥40 IU, adsorbed on Al phosphate ≥1.5 mg.
Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine is a sterile preparation of refined tetanus toxoid. The toxoid is purified by chemical methods and is adsorbed onto aluminium phosphate. Thiomersal (0.01% w/v) is added as preservative. The vaccine is a white turbid suspension in which the mineral carrier tends to settle down slowly on keeping. The vaccine meets the requirements of WHO and BP.
Each dose of 0.5 mL contains: Tetanus Toxoid ≥40 IU, adsorbed on Aluminium phosphate (AlPO4) ≥1.5 mg. Preservative: Thiomersal BP 0.01% w/v.
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Aluminium phosphate, thiomersal, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, water for injection.
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Tetanus toxoid. ATC Code: J07AM01.
Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics: Not applicable.
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Not applicable.
Tetanus prophylaxis: Adsorbed Tetanus vaccine is indicated for active immunization against tetanus in adults, children and in infants 6 weeks of age or older. Monovalent Adsorbed Tetanus vaccine should not be used in children less than 7 years of age. In children less than 7 years of age, the use of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTwP) vaccine combination is recommended unless pertussis vaccine is contraindicated. If pertussis is contraindicated then the use of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (DT) is recommended.
Post exposure prophylaxis of tetanus: Tetanus infection may not confer immunity; therefore initiation or completion of active immunization is indicated at the time of recovery from this infection.
Neonatal tetanus prevention: If vaccination is required, tetanus toxoid can be used during pregnancy. Teratogenic effects have not been reported with tetanus toxoid in humans. Waiting until the second trimester to administer tetanus vaccine is a reasonable precaution for minimizing any concern regarding the theoretical possibility of adverse reactions.
Tetanus Prophylaxis in Wound Management: Tetanus toxoid can also be used prophylactically for wound management in persons 7 years of age and older; tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (Td) is preferred, to maintain adequate levels of diphtheria immunity.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Immunization schedule: The primary immunizing course for unimmunised individuals 7 years of age or older consists of two doses or 0.5 mL each 4 to 8 weeks apart followed by a third (reinforcing) dose of 0.5 mL, 6 to 12 months after the second dose. The reinforcing dose is an integral part of primary immunizing course. Individuals who have not completed primary immunization against tetanus, or whose immunization history is unknown or uncertain, should be immunized with a tetanus toxoid containing-product.
TT may be given at the same time as BCG, measles, rubella, mumps, polio (OPV and IPV), hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and yellow fever vaccines and vitamin A supplementation.
For neonatal tetanus prevention: Antenatal immunization is recommended for the prevention of neonatal tetanus in the previously unimmunized mother. A previously unimmunized pregnant woman who may deliver her child under non hygienic circumstances and/or surroundings should receive two doses of a tetanus toxoid-containing preparation before delivery (4 to 8 weeks apart), preferably during the last 2 trimesters. Incompletely immunized pregnant women should complete the 3 dose series. Those immunized more than 10 years previously should have a booster dose. (See Table.)

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In tetanus prophylaxis in wound management: The need for active immunization with a tetanus toxoid-containing preparation, with or without passive immunization with TIG (Human) depends on both the condition of the wound and the patient's vaccination history. Tetanus toxoid vaccine in conjunction with tetanus immune globulin is recommended for prophylactic contaminated wound management in unimmunized, uncertain, or incomplete immunization status patients.
A thorough attempt must be made to determine whether a patient has completed primary immunization. Individuals who have completed primary immunization against tetanus, and who sustain wounds which are minor and uncontaminated, should receive a booster dose of a tetanus toxoid-containing preparation only if they have not received tetanus toxoid within the preceding 10 years.
For tetanus prone wounds (e.g. wounds contaminated with dirt, faeces, soil, and saliva; puncture wounds; avulsions; and wounds resulting from missiles, crushing, burns, and frostbite), a booster is appropriate if the patient has not received a tetanus toxoid-containing preparation within the preceding 5 years. If a booster dose is given sooner than 10 years as part of wound management the next routine booster should not be given for 10 years thereafter.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected persons: HIV-infected persons, both asymptomatic and symptomatic, should be immunized with Adsorbed Tetanus vaccine according to standard schedules.
Method of administration: The vaccine should be administered by intramuscular injection.
The vaccine ampoule should be shaken before use to homogenize the suspension. A sterile needle and a sterile syringe should be used for each injection.
No case of overdose has been reported.
Hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including thiomersal, a mercury derivative, is a contraindication.
Do not use the vaccine in person with report of anaphylactic reaction after receiving vaccine with TT antigen.
The occurrence of any type of neurological symptoms or signs, following administration of this product is a contraindication to further use. Immunization should be deferred during the course of any febrile illness or acute infection. A minor afebrile illness such as a mild upper respiratory infection is not usually reason to defer immunization.
The attending physician should consider risk/benefit ratio at all times. Routine immunization should be deferred during an outbreak of poliomyelitis provided the patient has not sustained an injury that increases the risk of tetanus.
The occurrence of a neurologic or severe hypersensitivity reaction following a previous dose is a contraindication to further use of this product. The administration of booster doses more frequently than recommended may be associated with increased incidence and severity of reactions. Persons who experience Arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions or temperature greater than 39°C after a previous dose of tetanus toxoid usually have very high serum tetanus antitoxin levels and should not be given even emergency doses of tetanus toxoid more frequently than every 10 years, even if they have a wound that is neither clean nor minor.
Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine should not be given to individuals with thrombocytopenia or any coagulation disorder that would contraindicate intramuscular injection, unless the potential benefit clearly outweighs the risk of administration.
Patients with impaired immune responsiveness may have a reduced antibody response to active immunization procedures.
Special care should be taken to prevent injection into blood vessel
Special Precautions
Prior to administration of any dose of vaccine, the parent, guardian, or adult patient should be asked about the recent health status and immunization history of the patient to be immunized in order to determine the existence of any contraindication to immunization.
When the patient returns for the next dose in a series, the parent, guardian, or adult patient should be questioned concerning occurrence of any symptom and/or sign of an adverse reaction after the previous dose.
Before the injection of any biological the physician should take all precautions known for prevention of allergic or any other side reactions. This should include: a review of the patient's history regarding possible sensitivity, the ready availability of epinephrine 1:1000 and other appropriate agents used for control of immediate allergic reactions.
A separate sterile syringe and needle or a sterile disposable unit should be used for each individual patient to prevent transmission of hepatitis or other infectious agents from one person to another.
Shake vigorously before withdrawing each dose to re-suspend the contents.
Effects on the ability to drive and use machines: Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine is not reported to have any influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Fertility: Not studied.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy: Animal reproductive studies have not been conducted with this product. There is no evidence that Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine is teratogenic. Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine should be given to inadequately immunize pregnant women because it affords protection against neonatal tetanus. Waiting until the second trimester is a reasonable precaution to minimize any theoretical concern.
Lactation: Not applicable, as Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine is already given during pregnancy.
Adverse Reactions
Local reactions, such as pain, erythema, induration, and tenderness, are common after the administration of Tetanus Toxoid. Such local reactions are usually self limited and require no therapy. Nodule, sterile abscess formation, or subcutaneous atrophy may occur at the site of injection. Systemic reactions, such as fever, chills, myalgias, and headaches, also may occur. Arthus type hypersensitivity reactions, or high fever, may occur in persons who have very high serum antitoxin antibodies due to frequent injections of toxoid.
Neurological complications such as convulsions, encephalopathy, and various mono and polyneuropathies, including guillain-barre syndrome, have been reported following administration of preparations containing tetanus antigen.
Urticaria, erythema multiforme or other rash, arthralgias, and more rarely, a severe anaphylactic reaction (i.e., urticaria with swelling of the mouth, difficulty in breathing, hypotension, or shock) have been reported following administration of preparations containing tetanus antigen.
Drug Interactions
It is current practice in pediatric vaccination to co-administer different vaccines during the same session with injectable vaccines being administered at separate injection sites.
Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine can be administered simultaneously at separate sites or in any temporal relationship with other pediatric vaccines if this fits conveniently in the immunization scheme.
As a general rule, live attenuated viral or bacterial vaccines should not be administered to patients who are immunosuppressed as a result of large amounts of corticosteroids (more than 10 mg of prednisone or equivalent for more than two weeks).
Caution For Usage
Special precautions for disposal and other handling: The vaccine is available as a suspension. Upon storage, a white deposit and clear supernatant may be observed. The vaccine should be shaken well in order to obtain a homogenous turbid white suspension and visually inspected for any foreign particulate matter and/or variation of physical aspect prior to administration. In the event of either of the above being observed, discard the vaccine.
Incompatibilities: Not applicable.
Do not freeze. Store between 2°C to 8°C.
Discard if the vaccine has been frozen.
ATC Classification
J07AM01 - tetanus toxoid ; Belongs to the class of tetanus bacterial vaccines.
Vaccine inj (amp) 10's.
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