During times of flooding, people are often concerned about receiving a booster dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. The need for tetanus vaccination during flood recovery depends upon individual circumstances. The same recommendations that apply at any other time also apply during a flood. "There is generally no need for mass tetanus immunization programs during flooding, and it is not a standard recommendation," said Cherokee County Public Health Supervisor Tami Moffitt Glienke.
Individuals are generally advised to receive a routine tetanus booster dose every ten years. People who are cut or injured and have not received, or are unsure if they have received a tetanus vaccine within the last five years, should receive a booster dose of vaccine.
Outbreaks of communicable diseases after floods are rare. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present in a community before the flood are usually not a problem after a flood. The greater health threat comes from carbon monoxide poisoning (due to the indoor use of gasoline-powered generators), electrocution, wound infections, hypothermia and worsening of chronic illnesses.
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