Health officials recommend tetanus shots for people doing flood cleanup work

BOULDER, Colo. - Free and discounted tetanus shots are available Thursday for people exposed to flood waters during the the storm and the clean-up effort.

The Larimer County Health Department is giving free tetanus vaccinations Thursday..

Tetanus shots will be provided from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Disaster Assistance Center, located at 815 SW 14th St. in Loveland -- while supplies last.

Health officials are recommending tetanus vaccinations for people working in flood cleanup.

The Boulder County emergency management website says: "Exposure to flood waters alone does not increase the risk of tetanus. However, during flood cleanup, the risk of wounds may be increased. For this reason, cleanup workers should be sure that they are up-to-date with tetanus vaccination, ideally before starting cleanup activities. Adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years."

"Residents involved in cleanup activities should contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for a tetanus booster, if needed. Residents who do not have a healthcare provider may receive the vaccination at a Boulder County Public Health Immunization clinic. The cost is $21.50," the website stated.

For more information, visit http://www.BoulderCountyShots.org or call 303-441-7500 (Boulder) or 303-303-678-6166 (Longmont).