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GCHD Continues Offering Free Tetanus Shots for Harvey Flood Victims
GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) has scheduled a fifth off-site tetanus vaccine (Tdap) clinic while continuing to make the shot available at its immunization clinic in Texas City.
GCHD is offering the vaccine at no cost to Harvey flood victims who have not received a shot within the past ten years.
“People who have received a tetanus shot within the past decade are still protected, even if they were exposed to floodwaters,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County Local Health Authority. “Those who are overdue should get a tetanus shot, especially if working on Harvey recovery projects that increase the risk for puncture wounds or cuts.”
The next off-site tetanus shot clinic is set for the City of League City Community Health Fair on Friday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hometown Heroes Park, located at 1001 East League City Parkway.
The tetanus vaccine is also available at the GCHD Immunization Clinic, located at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Clinic hours are extended to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Collectively between its Texas City immunization clinic and off-site clinics, GCHD has administered 490 free tetanus shots since September 7.
People who need the vaccine should bring their shot records, if available. GCHD staff will also have access to the State of Texas immunization database, ImmTrac, to determine if a person needs the vaccine.
Anyone who has not had a tetanus shot within ten years and suffers a puncture wound or cut should seek immediate medical attention. A medical professional should evaluate any wound with redness, swelling or drainage.
For more information about tetanus and other Harvey-related health and safety topics, visit www.gchd.org/harvey.