Protect Yourself When Cleaning-Up Flood Debris

Louisiana recommending the Td/Tdap vaccination for flood workers

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The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is saying that flood victims and recovery workers should check when was their last tetanus vaccination.

The LDH says any person who receives a puncture or deep cut during the flood cleanup effort should immediately seek medical attention.

As part of the evaluation, the healthcare provider will determine if a tetanus booster is indicated.

The LDH officials are recommending the Tetanus/diphtheria (Td or Tdap) vaccinations only if the person has not been vaccinated within the past 10 years.

Tetanus is a serious disease that causes painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. The bacteria enter the body through cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects.

Working in flood waters and areas that have been flooded can increase the risk for tetanus due to cuts and puncture wounds.

The Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) booster is recommended for wounds if last vaccination was given more than five years ago.

Louisiana residents seeking a tetanus booster can do so by contacting their health care provider or community pharmacy.