A vaccine for Tetanus that is currently in short supply. According to the CDC's June 13 FAQ, both DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis) and Td (Tetanus) vaccines are in a national shortage. Enough vaccines to begin routine immunization are expected in the third or fourth quarter of 2002. For those of you who work at a zoo (like me) or other place that requires the use of sharp pointy knives, this is somewhat of an inconvenience. Actually, scratch that, it is a major lose-your-job kind of inconvenience. So, here are the ways one can obtain a Tetanus shot:

1. Obtain (winkwink) a puncture wound or bite. Where I live, no matter where the wound is or how deep it is, if the ER sees it, you will get a shot, no questions asked.

2. Ask the medic. If you're lucky, the first aid station at your place of work might have a stockpile.

3. Drive to a small town and ask the hospital there. Chances are, they'll be more than happy to give you a booster.

4. If you have kids that haven't had their three tetanus vaccine doses yet, ask their pediatrician. If the doctor likes you, you might be able to get a Tetanus shot while your kids get theirs.

If you have any additions, please /msg me.

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