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The Grady County Health Department is encouraging tornado recovery workers to get vaccinated against tetanus if they haven’t had a recent booster shot. Adults need a booster shot every 10 years to stay protected.
“The vaccine is available at our health department,” said Grady County Health Department County Nurse Manager Peggy Connell.
Tetanus shots given to recovery workers in the field are free, she said. Vaccine given in the health department is billed to insurance; however, no- and low-cost tetanus vaccine is also available in the health department for eligible patients.
Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that usually enters the body through breaks in the skin. Also called “lockjaw” because tetanus often causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow, the disease can be fatal if untreated. Tetanus is not spread person to person.
“Any wound that could be contaminated with tetanus bacteria should be tended to as soon as possible,” Connell said.
For more information, contact the Grady County Health Department.