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Free tetanus shots offered in flooded communities

September 8, 2011
Associated Press

ALBANY (AP) - Health officials in communities digging out from severe flooding are urging residents and recovery workers to take advantage of free tetanus shots, even as supplies dwindle.

The shots are important because of the twisted metal and glass buried in muck and debris that is being shoveled from homes and businesses from New York's Adirondacks to Catskills.

More than 1,200 people received the free shots from Schoharie County public health nurses since Tropical Storm Irene hit last week and cleanup continues.

County health programs spokeswoman Asante Shipp-Hilts says most adults don't have updated tetanus protection and are at risk for exposure.

If a public health nurses at a recovery sites are out of supply, residents and workers should contact county health departments.



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