Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TDAP Vaccines Available for Flood Cleanup Workers

Anyone assisting with cleanup from the recent floods is encouraged to protect themselves by receiving a Tdap vaccine.

Bryon Glover, Health and Wellness Center pharmacist, will be at Liberty School in Liberty, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12, administering free Tdap vaccines to anyone in need.

The Tdap vaccine will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. It is recommended for those ages 10 to 64 who will be assisting with the flood cleanup.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risks of wounds may be increased during flood cleanup. Therefore, emergency and other cleanup workers should be sure they are up-to-date with the tetanus vaccination series, ideally before starting cleanup activities.

Workers who had received a Tdap vaccine in the last seven to 10 years won’t need another; if the last date a Tdap vaccine was given cannot be determined, one can be administered to be safe.

The Tdap vaccine can help with treatment of flood-associated wounds, like a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil or saliva.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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