Tetanus, commonly called lockjaw, is a
bacterial disease that affects the nervous system. Due to widespread
immunizations, tetanus is now a rare disease. Nearly all cases of tetanus are
among people who have never received a tetanus vaccine, or adults who don’t
stay up to date on their 10-year booster shots. Tetanus is contracted through a
wound which becomes contaminated with the organism. It is not transmitted from
person to person. Tetanus vaccination is recommended for all babies, children,
teens, and adults.
What is required?
Health Care Providers and Clinical Laboratories
Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required by law to report cases and suspect cases of tetanus to local health departments within one working day of identification. Call 971-673-1111 to reach the state health department doctor on call.
For Local Health Departments
For reportable diseases lacking Oregon-specific investigative guidelines or case report forms, please contact the state epidemiologist on call for assistance at 971-673-1111.