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At what age do you need the tetanus vaccine and how often do you need boosters?

Page last updated 26 April 2018

Tetanus vaccine is given at:

  • 2, 4 and 6 months of age
  • booster dose at 4 years, between 15-17 years and at 50 years (adults who haven’t had a booster in the last 10 years, should at one at 50 years)
  • individuals who received a primary course of 3 doses as adults should receive a booster dose at 10 and 20 years after the primary course.

Sources & Citations

  1. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Tetanus. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. New South Wales Government Health. Questions and answers about changes to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).