Health department offering tetanus shots for flood victims and volunteers helping them

ALEXANDER COUNTY, KY — The Southern Seven Health Department is offering tetanus vaccines for people who live in flooded southern Illinois communities and the volunteers helping them.

Southern Seven Health Department Director of Nursing Rhonda Schmidt says the department has 55 tetanus shots available, and they will be proved free to volunteers and flood victims from McClure, East Cape Girardeau and surrounding Alexander County.

Tetanus is a risk during flooding, because you can catch it from contaminated soil or water if it comes into contact with any cuts, nicks or scrapes you may have. There is no cure for tetanus, but the vaccine can prevent it.

The shots will be provided on a first come, first served basis from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the flood command center, which has been moved to McClure Village Hall.

The center was previously at the Spark Ministries building.

McClure Village Hall is at 38104 Grapevine Trail in McClure, Illinois.

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