Free tetanus shots offered for Clermont Co. citizens

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont County General Health District will offer free tetanus vaccinations to those Clermont citizens impacted by the March 2, 2012 storms.

The vaccine will be available on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Point Isabel Fire Station in Washington Township, located at 2817 SR 743 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., and in the Village of Moscow, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (at this location, vaccines will be given from a mobile unit throughout the village).

Tornado cleanup efforts can be hazardous, and citizens should be aware of the risks involved.  Among these risks are cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds, which may lead to tetanus.  Tetanus is caused by a toxin produced by bacteria that can be found in soil.  Symptoms can occur from 3 to 21 days after an injury; symptoms may include spasms of jaw muscles, neck stiffness, difficulty swallowing, and stiffness of abdominal muscles.  Other signs may include fever, sweating, elevated blood pressure, and rapid heart rate.  Tetanus is fatal in about 10 percent of reported cases.

There is no cure for tetanus; however, infection can be prevented through immunization.

Due to the current vaccine cost and availability, the vaccine is only being offered to residents impacted by the tornadoes.  Disaster responders should contact their healthcare provider to obtain a vaccination.  For more information, call the Clermont General Health District Nursing Division at 513-735-8400.

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