Which medications in the drug class Toxoids are used in the treatment of Animal Bites to the Head and Neck?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Toxoids

These agents are used to induce active immunity against tetanus in selected patients.

Tetanus toxoid adsorbed or fluid

Immunizing agent of choice for most adults and children > 7 y is tetanus and diphtheria toxoids. Necessary to administer booster doses to maintain tetanus immunity throughout life. Pregnant patients should receive only tetanus toxoid, not a diphtheria antigen–containing product.

In children and adults, may administer into deltoid or midlateral thigh muscles. In infants, preferred site of administration is the mid thigh laterally.


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