For a Healthy New Year: Tetanus Shot Check

Tetanus is one of those things that you don't give much thought to — it just seems like a remote possibility, lurking vaguely on the edge of awareness. I mean, who even gets tetanus anymore? Just ask Jenny Komenda, of the blog Little Green Notebook — she came down with a nasty bout of tetanus a few months ago and has a major PSA for us all: stay up to date on those shots!

Here at Apartment Therapy we are all about the DIY, and any DIY-er worth their salt knows the wide range of materials, projects, and (let's face it) injuries we deal with on a regular basis. In Jenny's case, she wrestled with an unruly mess of wire fencing (which she turned into a fab table, by the way!) which landed her in the hospital exactly eight days later with, you guessed it, tetanus.

So, first up on the list of things to tackle in 2013: find out when your last tetanus shot was, and check with your doctor to see if you're up to date or if you need a booster (Every 10 years is often the time frame).

And a note to Jenny: We're glad you're okay; thanks for sharing your story as a great reminder to the rest of us!

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Sarah is a freelance writer and photographer and mother of four boys. Her hobbies include writing emails at 4 am, fixing up her century-old home, critiquing superhero spin kicks, and trying not to kill her garden.