Health Unit Recommends Tetanus Shot for Flood Clean Up
The Health Unit is encouraging residents involved in flood clean up to ensure their tetanus immunization is up-to-date. It will be offering a free tetanus immunization clinic on Thursday, June 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in the East End for those affected by the recent flood. No appointment is necessary.
During the cleanup process, residents may get cuts or scrapes that can get infected by bacteria and spores that can cause tetanus (lock-jaw). The tetanus immunization, in combination with wearing the proper gear during clean up (rubber gloves, rubber boots, goggles) will greatly reduce the risk of the infection.
“Tetanus is preventable with the vaccination,” says Dr. David Williams, Medical Officer of Health. “We highly recommend that people doing clean up be sure their tetanus vaccination is up-to-date. If it’s not, then please come to the clinic and get vaccinated to help prevent infection.”
The tetanus vaccination is part of the routine immunization schedule, so most people get it as a child. However, a booster is recommended every 10 years throughout adulthood to remain protected. Residents can check their yellow immunization record or call the health unit to see if they’ve received the shot within the past 10 years.
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church is located at 615 Connolly Street between McLeod Street and McIntosh Street. A health card is not required at this clinic. The clinic is open to anyone affected by the flood. Others can visit the Health Unit’s Wednesday Immunization clinic or visit their health care provider for the tetanus shot.