June 11, 2001
HDHHS announces tetanus vaccine recommendations
Due to the flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Allison, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services advises that some residents exposed to flood waters may need a tetanus vaccination.
Exposure to flood water without a wound or skin injury is not a risk for tetanus. People seven years of age and older with puncture wounds or cuts that were exposed to flood water or dirt may be at risk for contracting tetanus and will need a tetanus shot if they have not had one in the past five years. Please consult your primary care physician for tetanus vaccine availability.
People with serious wounds will need special care and should consult their doctor.
The department is offering tetanus vaccinations to the public at four of its health centers. They are:
For information about tetanus vaccination, call 713-866-4100.
All mobile immunization sites are temporarily closed.
Hepatitis A immunization is not appropriate treatment for people who have had exposure to flood water. Immunization for Hepatitis A requires two shots, six months apart. Hepatitis A exposure requires ingestion of the virus and is not caused by punctures wounds or abrasions.