Residents In Flooded Areas Urged To Check On Tetanus Shots

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Tetanus Shots

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urged Missourians who will be working in or near the flooded waters to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date, especially for tetanus.

Anyone planning to help with the flood response should ask their health care provider to review their medical records and to request a tetanus booster shot if it has been more than 10 years since the last booster.


"We want residents or volunteers who will be working around flood waters to make sure they are protected from tetanus infection when they get there", said Jane Drummond, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Flood relief volunteers and residents in flooded areas should contact their own physicians first to review medical records to determine whether a tetanus shot is indicated. Tetanus shots may also be obtained from local public health agencies, clinics, and hospitals, but people should call first to confirm availability. A new tetanus vaccine is also now available that includes a pertussis booster, which may provide an added benefit for some people.

"In addition to checking on their tetanus boosters, people should take extra health and safety precautions when working in or around flood waters," Drummond said. These include: