A Form Three student from Kagumo Secondary School in Kiharu, Murang’a County, is in distress after a tetanus injection he reportedly received at Maragua Level 4 hospital caused serious side effects.
Joseph Mwangi was involved in a boda boda accident sometime last year and was taken to the hospital unconscious, having sustained injuries on his hands and legs.
Mwangi says he received his first tetanus injection and was to return for a second jab on the 21st of June, 2021.
He was excused from school by the principal to go receive the second jab. But things took a turn for the worst the following day after he started developing swellings on his left hand and leg.
He returned to the hospital
In an exclusive interview with TV47 Digital, Mwangi says upon returning to the hospital to explain what had befallen him, the medical officer who previously served him asked for his admission form (card) and disappeared with it.
The following day, Mwangi says that he returned to the hospital in the company of his school principal and fellow students but was chased away by security guards. Up to now, Mwangi’s card is nowhere to be seen.
The school principal Grace Muthoni and the area assistant chief Joseph Warunyua now want the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to launch an investigation into the matter, to ensure that justice has been served to the student.
About the tetanus shot
Tetanus is a serious disease that is caused by Clostridium tetani (C. tetani)– a bacterium that lives in soil and manure. It usually enters your body through an open wound. A toxin that’s produced by the bacterium causes the disease.
The tetanus vaccine helps protect against tetanus. The vaccine that you get for tetanus can also contain components to prevent contracting certain other serious bacterial diseases, such as diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
Like any other vaccine, there are some mild side effects after taking the tetanus vaccine. These side effects are common to all types of tetanus shot. Most of these side effects are signs that your body is responding to build immunity against the disease.
They include; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site, fever, headache or other body aches, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Serious side effects of the tetanus vaccine are rare.