Vaccination Information Service

Whom do you trust, nature or man?



Tetanus vaccination

A deep puncture wound to avoid a disease caused by deep puncture wounds? 


(This is adapted from a piece written for the Natural Health Society magazine’s “Your Questions Answered” (Winter 2002 issue))                          

Bronwyn Hancock 3rd August 2004

The nature of bacteria - "pleomorphic"

Before discussing the tetanus vaccine itself it is important to be aware of the fact that bacteria change into many different forms depending on their environment (hence are referred to as "pleomorphic" - "pleo" means "many" and "morphic" means "shape" or "form"), and a very important factor in the environment dictating the form that they take is the presence or absence of oxygen. In the presence of oxygen they adopt an aerobic form, which is not harmful to us. In the absence of oxygen they adopt an anaerobic form, and it is in this form that they are virulent, producing nasty toxins.

The nature of the tetanus bacterium

The tetanus bacterium (Clostridium tetani) is no exception. Many people have been found to be immune to tetanus, having been exposed to it in its aerobic form - it has most likely been in the soil and come in through the mouth, such as through eating something that had soil on it. If, however, it comes into the body through a deep puncture wound there is a small possibility that the anaerobic form of the bacterium could enter the system and, if there is dead (hence oxygen-depleted) tissue in the wound, replicate in that form (or it could enter in its aerobic form and then change to the anaerobic form in the dead tissue in the wound), and that's the circumstances in which illness can develop. This bacterium, in its virulent form, produces a very nasty neurotoxin called tetanospasmin, which is what causes the well known symptoms of lockjaw and spasms.

How to prevent tetanus infection

What are always officially recommended as number one preventative measures with tetanus are removal of foreign matter and damaged tissue from the wound, prompt and thorough cleansing of the wound, and ideally opening it and allowing it to breathe and bleed to enable the body to send its own army of defence mechanisms to the area. (A high dosage of Vitamin C would also often assist the immune system to fight off any infection, though this is not in the official recommendations, which of course do not like to recognise the role that vitamins, minerals and other nutrients have in our immune system function.)

The rarity of contracting tetanus in nature

Be it due to the uncommon circumstances of a potential risk of infection and/or the care that is taken in respect of such preventative measures as above after the wound occurs, the result is that contracting tetanus naturally, without vaccination, is very rare in developed countries: there are less than a dozen reported cases each year in Australia, with half of those reported cases occurring in people recently vaccinated.

The more common circumstance of contracting tetanus from tetanus vaccination

Contracting tetanus from a tetanus vaccine, however, appears to be much more common. Many people tell of having developed the symptoms of tetanus from the vaccine, and of the doctors refusing to report it. The problem has nevertheless been documented (Arch Pediatr 1999 Jul;6(7):752-4). So, whilst the injected tetanus toxin, tetanospasmin, which is what causes the disease, is claimed to have been inactivated by the vaccine manufacturing process, the method for inactivation clearly fails (at least once the brew is injected and disperses in the body, if not earlier), just as it does with the other vaccines.

The failure of tetanus vaccination to prevent tetanus infection

The antibodies produced from vaccination also do not bring immunity, even when their levels are very high (Neurology 1992, BMJ 10/16/99, BMJ 2000, Arch Pediatr 1999).

And why is this?

The well known outcome of tetanus infection - sensitisation, the opposite of developing immunity.

A clue to the answer is in the fact that it is well known that those who get tetanus the way with which people are familiar (i.e. via a deep puncture wound) do not develop immunity either (Anaesthesia 1979 Oct;34(9):863-5), but rather are sensitised to the infection in the future.

Why ALL vaccination results in sensitisation, not immunisation.

Indeed the circumstances and result of contracting tetanus via a deep puncture wound illustrates one of the reasons that not just the tetanus vaccine, but ALL vaccine injections are counterproductive. The circumstance of contracting tetanus this way and the circumstance of receiving a vaccine injection have something in common - they both involve a deep puncture wound, in which the pathogen is able to bypass the normal portals of entry (mouth and nose) and go straight into the blood stream. The result is that the processes that are crucial for the development of immunity (being in the bypassed outer levels of defence) are not activated. Instead it triggers an abnormal, deranged immune response called “sensitisation” (=“anaphylaxis”), which means susceptibility to the pathogen is increased, instead of the infection bringing immunity thereafter. So, this word “sensitisation” means the opposite of the word “immunisation” (=“prophylaxis”, meaning prevention or protection against disease).

The effect is the same with all vaccine injections, all being deep puncture wounds. The word “vaccination” is interchanged with the word “immunisation”, because immunisation is what the desired, advertised and presumed effect is, but in reality all these injections have exactly the opposite effect. In addition, other toxins such as formaldehyde, mercury, aluminium, foreign proteins and contaminant viruses and bacteria also accompany the pathogen in vaccines. Some of these other ingredients are even known on their own to sensitise the immune system, e.g. formaldehyde, mercury, aluminium and phenol.

There are many articles documenting the actual sensitisation, as opposed to immunisation, effect of vaccines. They include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:-

  • Insert for Tet-Tox tetanus vaccine, produced by CSL Limited (here we have an admission on the tetanus vaccine product insert itself)

  • Mosby’s Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary, 4th Edition, 1994.

  • Kind, L.S. Sensitivity of pertussis-inoculated mice to endotoxin. J Immunology 1959:82 p32-7

  • Holt P, McMenamin C, Nelson D. Primary sensitization to inhalant allergens during infancy. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 1990;1:3-13.

  • McMenamin C, Schon HM, Oliver J, Girn B, Holt PG. Regulation of IgE responses to inhaled antigens: cellular mechanisms underlying allergic sensitization versus tolerance induction. Int Arch Allergy Appl Immunol 1991;94:78-82.

  • J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999;103:200-2. Editorial. The gelatin story. John M. Kelso MD: .. Thus prior injection with gelatin-containing DTaP vaccine may be the cause of sensitization to gelatin and the subsequent reaction to other gelatin-containing vaccines...

  • Agents Actions 1984 Oct;15(3-4):211-5. Schreurs AJ; Nijkamp FP. Bronchial hyper-reactivity to histamine induced by Haemophilus influenzae vaccination.

  • Anaphylaxis or so-called encephalopathy in mice sensitized to an antigen with the aid of pertussigen (pertussis toxin). (Munoz, Infect Immunol, April, l987)

  • Immunoglobulin E and G responses to pertussis toxin after booster immunization in relation to atopy, local reactions and aluminum content of the vaccines. (A human study from Sweden) (Odelram, Pediatr Allergy Immunol, 1994)

  • Comparison of vaccination of mice and rats with Haemophilus influenzae and Bordetella pertussis as models of atopy. (Terpstra, Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol, 1979)

  • Int Arch Allergy Appl Immunol 1980;61(3):352-7. Mast cells as a possible source of Haemophilus influenzae-induced changes in plasma and lung histamine levels. Histidine decarboxylase activity and histamine levels of peritoneal mast cells were enhanced 4 days after intraperitoneal Haemophilus influenzae vaccination of rats. These data might explain the earlier observed enhanced plasma and lung histamine levels in H. influenzae-vaccinated rats.

  • Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol 1979 Mar-Apr;6(2):139-49. Comparison of vaccination of mice and rats with Hib and Bordetella pertussis as models of atopy. .In rats a single (Haemophilus influenzae) vaccination resulted in a dose-dependent effect on the blood eosinophil count in a pattern comparable with that after Bordetella pertussis vaccination. In a long-term vaccination schedule (five times a week for 5 weeks) rats developed a constant eosinophilia.

  • Eur J Respir Dis Suppl 1984;135:34-46. Changes in beta-adrenergic responses as a consequence of infection with micro-organisms. Impairment of beta-adrenergic systems together with a reduction in the number of beta 2-adrenoceptors was found after vaccination.

  • Eur J Pharmacol 1980 Apr 4;62(4):261-8. The effects of Haemophilus influenzae vaccination on anaphylactic mediator release and isoprenaline-induced inhibition of mediator release.  ...These results indicate an increased sensitivity to antigenic challenge and suggest that the functioning of beta-adrenoceptors was decreased as a result of H. influenzae vaccination.

  • Barrios, et al. Eur J Immunol 1996;26:1489–96.

  • Holt, Sly, Bjorksten. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 997;8:53–8.

  • Odent MR, Culpin EE, Kimmel T. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: is there a link? JAMA 1994;272 no 8: pgs 592-3, and letter to the Lancet 1994:344:140.

  • Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Kemp T, Pearce N, Fitzharris P, Crane J, Fergusson D, St. George I, Wickens K, Beasley R. Epidemiology 1997 Nov 8:6 678-80

  • Eibl. NEJM 1984;198–9.

  • Rook, Zumla. Lancet 1997;1831–3.

  • Mawle, et al. J Infect Dis 1997;175:136–41.

  • Golding, et al. Br J Cancer 1990;62:304–8.

  • Johnston, Openshaw. BMJ 2001;322:376–7.

  • Smith, et al. NEJM 1993;328(6):373–9.

  • Scheibner V, Vaccine 2004; Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. vi-ix.

  • Munoz, Anaphylaxis or so-called encephalopathy in mice sensitized to an antigen with the aid of pertussigen (pertussis toxin). Infect Immunol, April 1987

Other documented effects of tetanus vaccination

Other (though related) documented effects of tetanus vaccination include neurological problems (Arch Neurol. 1983 Jun;40(6):390), brain damage (Eur Neurol. 1999;41(4):231-2), Parkinson’s (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1997 Aug;63(2):258), muscle wasting (Sem Hop. 1977 Oct 23;53(36):1965-6), deafness (Laryngoscope, Dec 1965, 75:1832-1836), skin problems (Clin Exp Dermatol. 1998 May;23(3):142), derangement of body temperature, blood pressure and heart function and other signs of a derailed immune system. Many people have developed chronic fatigue syndrome after tetanus vaccination. The New England Journal of Medicine reported in 1984 it causing the same derangement of T4 and T8 cells as seen in AIDS patients, and (on 9th May 1996) it increasing the amount of HIV produced in the body by 2 to 36 times.


So in summary, tetanus (or any other) vaccination is totally counterproductive - it increases susceptibility to tetanus, sometimes directly causing it, and can harm the immune, neurological and other systems, with a host of adverse effects documented.

I often draw an analogy that giving your child (or yourself) a tetanus vaccine in the hope of this somehow preventing tetanus is like placing him/her out in the middle of a road in the hope that this will somehow prevent him/her from being run over.          


MyName Domain Name - $25 A year!

Copyright (C) 1998-9 Taycare Pty Ltd

Web Designed and Hosted by Breakfast Bytes Pty Limited
Domain Name Sponsored by MyName - My Own Domain Name - FREE!

Putting you before the DOT COM INOZ!