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Tetanus Shot


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Injuries from Vaccine Administration

The Tetanus shot can cause various reactions and injuries including shoulder injuries, Brachial Neuritis, Anaphylactic shock, and other injuries. If you suffered a reaction or injury after receiving the Tetanus vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Tetanus Vaccine Injury Results, Nationwide

  • $135,000 – Shoulder tendinitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome, and a rotator cuff tear caused by a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDaP) vaccination (Texas)
  • $120,000 – Shoulder injury from a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDaP) vaccine (New Hampshire)
  • $70,000 – Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder from a tetanus shot (Colorado)

About the Tetanus Shot

The tetanus vaccine is administered to prevent tetanus. Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that affects your nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with your ability to breathe and ultimately threaten your life. Tetanus is commonly known as “lockjaw.”

Tetanus shots are part of the childhood vaccine schedule, which calls for four injections between 2 months and 4-6 years of age with a booster provided at 11-12 years. Adults generally have the option of one booster every ten years thereafter. Anyone can suffer a reaction to tetanus shot.

More: We are Seeing a Definitive Increase in Shoulder Injury (“SIRVA”) Claims

Tetanus Shot Ingredients

The TENIVAC Tetanus vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Aluminum phosphate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium chloride
  • Water for injection

The Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids vaccine, made by Mass Biologics, is made up of the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):

  • Aluminum adjuvant
  • Formaldehyde
  • Thimerosal

Risks That the Vaccine Poses

Reaction to tetanus vaccine is common and differs somewhat between children and adults. Mild side effects are very common, with approximately one in four children experiencing them. Some of these are common in adults too.

  • Slight fever
  • Swelling and/or redness at the site of injection
  • Tenderness or soreness
  • Fussiness
  • Non-stop Crying
  • Seizure
  • Other conditions

Tetanus shots can also cause Brachial Neuritis. This condition causes paralysis of the shoulder muscles accompanied by extreme pain. Although pain and treatment can vary between individuals, Brachial Neuritis can last as long as two years and lead to irreversible muscle wasting.


If you suffered a reaction, illness or injury after receiving the tetanus vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Call the national vaccine injury attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer for more information. Not only is the phone call free, but our representation comes at no cost to you. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will pay our fees.

For more information about the vaccine injury claims process, please click here.