Tetanus shot

Patient

Q: I stepped on a clean piece of metal this morning. My foot is sore and a little swollen. It's been awhile since my last tetanus shot, but I don't have insurance and live a long way (hours) from an ER. How important is it to get a tetnus shot. And how long can I go before I get one? What should I look for as far as infection?

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