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Broome County Health Department To Hold Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) Vaccination Clinics for Those Individuals Who Will Be In Contact With Flood Waters

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Broome County Health Department will hold a series of Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) booster clinics that will be open to individuals working in areas contaminated by flood waters. Vaccinations will be provided on Thursday, July 6, at the following locations:

  • Deposit-Maple Lane Church, 1 Maple Lane, Deposit, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Harpursville-American Legion, 760 Welton Street, Harpursville, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Vestal-Vestal Public Library (Large Conference Room), Vestal Parkway, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Town of Union-Town Offices (Board Room), 3111 E. Main Street, Endwell, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Town of Conklin-Conklin Town Hall, 1271 Conklin Road, Conklin, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

"Individuals involved in flood recovery are at higher risk for tetanus because they may receive cuts or puncture wounds while working in flooded waters." said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director. "We strongly encourage anyone working in areas contaminated by flood waters to attend one of these clinics if they have not had a Td booster within the last 10 years. Td vaccine provides long-term protection, so it is not necessary to have a booster if you have had one within the last ten years. In fact more frequent boosters could increase the occurrence of adverse reactions. Anyone sustaining deep cuts or injuries should see their medical doctor for evaluation and to have a Td booster if they have not had one within the last 5 years."

Tetanus spores are found throughout the environment, usually in soil, dust, and animal waste. People get tetanus when spores of the tetanus bacteria enter the body through an open wound and produce a powerful nerve poison.

Tetanus vaccine prevents infection known as (lockjaw), which causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the victim cannot open his or her mouth to swallow.

For a schedule of Td booster clinics being offered by the Broome County Health Department call the Broome County Health Department information line at 607.778.3911, option 1, or visit the Broome County Health Department website at www.goBroomeCounty.com/hd and click information line.

06/14/2006 - 1:19pm