Tetanus and Flood Waters
Flooding has occurred due to recent heavy rains. The risk of injury is possible during flood cleanup, including the risk of tetanus for those who become wounded. The risk of tetanus can be best minimized by following standard immunization recommendations and providing proper wound care.
-Floodwaters can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses, and other organisms that may cause disease. It's important to take precautions to avoid injury and possible infections.
-If you know you will be cleaning up after the flooding or plan to volunteer, please check with your health care provider about the need for a tetanus shot.
-Make sure to wear protective clothing and shoes when cleaning up--gloves, pants, long sleeves, boots.
-If you have a cut or injury where the skin is broken and has been exposed to flood water, contact your health care provider about the need for a tetanus shot or other treatment.
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