When you have a kid in hospital, thinking about tetanus, I really don't think your exact vax knowledge is going to be at the forefront of your mind especially when diptheria isn't mentioned, and shots change all the time, as I said before, and different practices/hospitals sometimes give different versions of the shots. They need to be really CLEAR what they are injecting, the OP doesn't have ESP.
Yes, it is good to get your knowledge when you are actively researching your decisions, but in a high stress situation, to give her a hard time about being 'uninformed about the exact shot at that exact time', is nothing short of b1tchy.
I'd expect way better from you. This is a non vax thread, not a 'veiled attack a non vaxxer thread' by the vaxxers on the forum!
Last edited by MilkingMaid; 10-08-2014 at 14:45.
I'm strongly pro-vax, so I'm struggling a little to put that aside in order to answer your question... but I'll try :P
I think you have every right to be annoyed. It sounds like your question was answered incorrectly. Most likely, it was misinterpreted, with the nurse thinking that you were asking about the tetanus/dip as opposed to the shot with further vaccines. Nonetheless, it meant that you weren't able to give properly informed consent.
I'd make a (calm) complaint to the hospital so that at the very least, they are aware that this could be a potential issue... that if a patient or caregiver wants further information they should be giving that info as clearly as possible.
I haven't read all the replies but I don't believe there's a single tetanus shot available for kids or adults - it's ADT, adult diphtheria and tetanus. So I don't think anyone intentionally lied, that's just the formulation.
Yeh vaxes do change all the time. I've had 5 kids since 1999 and every time I had a baby there was a new vax or something was changed.
And like I said, last time I had anything to do with tetanus there was nothing else in it. I had a good dr then and she would have told me I feel pretty sure.
@sky1 yeh sorry wasn't having a go at you at all, just pointing out how silly that it was not to say no, no such thing exists
Yes I would have been upset. I don't think this was informed consent. `If you stated `is that just tetanus' and they replied `Yes' then you were given incorrect information and were not properly informed.
I would personally contact the patient liaison officer and make a complaint.
As a nurse and a vaccinator i'd put money on the ED nurse actually honestly thinking it only contained tetanus.
I've vaxed loads of nurses who wouldn't have known it contained diphtheria.
I'm not excusing her actions, she should know what a med is before it's administered but personally i think it may have been a (miseducated) honest mistake.
Agreeing with you BubblesK, possibly the nurse did make a mistake... unfortunate and very annoying, but it can happen.
the combinations actually have not changed much at all over the last 20 years - just once for the dtpa and more vaccines have just been added onto the schedule
Anyway, I'll unsub just in case I get quoted again. It's a shame decent discussion is being shut down and name calling has taken it's place.
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