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Had tetanus shot, past 10 years

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SHOTET10Y indicates whether adults had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years. This immunization protects against tetanus (or lockjaw), a potentially fatal disease caused by bacteria found in soil and characterized by muscle stiffness and spasm or "locking" of the muscles of the jaw, neck, and limbs. The Field Representative's Manual for 1998-1999 notes that a booster shot against tetanus and diphtheria (the adult Td vaccine) is usually given at age 12 and is recommended for every 5 to 10 years thereafter.


Apart from universe changes, SHOTET10Y is comparable over time. The question wording was slightly different beginning in 2008 ("Have you received a tetanus shot in the past 10 years?") than in earlier years ("During the past 10 years, have you had a tetanus shot?"), but the meaning was essentially the same.


  • 1991: Sample persons age 18+.
  • 1993: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 3 and 4 (excluded from AIDS supplement).
  • 1994-1995: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement).
  • 1998-1999: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 2008-2018: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1991, 1993-1995, 1998-1999, 2008-2018