Department of Health raises awareness of tetanus boosters

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Officials say residents who are cleaning up after floods and other storms should be sure they have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination.

A report by Radio Iowa said according to the Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director, Patricia Quinlisk, a tetanus vaccine is good for about ten years. She said if you can’t remember the last time you had one, it’s probably time for a booster.

“This is a good time to remind yourself to go in and make sure you’re all up to date,” said Quinlisk. “So if you get a wound you don’t get sick from it.”

Quinlisk said the tetanus booster shot has the whooping cough vaccine within it, according to the report.

“When you go in to get the tetanus booster, you can get the booster for the whopping cough – which is a really good idea – get them both at once,” Quinlisk said.