Alabama Department of Health Asks Residents to Seek Tetanus Booster Shots Only if Injured in Hurricane Clean-Up Efforts

MOBILE -- The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that individuals who receive open wounds or puncture wounds in clean-up efforts after Hurricane Ivan seek medical attention to determine whether a tetanus booster shot is needed.


"Persons who are injured should be evaluated to determine if they should receive tetanus shots," said Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer. "The need for a tetanus shot depends on the type of wound, how many tetanus shots a person previously received, and when the last one was given."


Persons age 7 years and older are advised to receive the Td vaccination, which is a combined vaccine with diphtheria.


Immunizations are available from private physicians or through local health departments. The health care provider will determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records. Special recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis.


The Baldwin County Health Department is providing tetanus immunizations from a mobile van at the Foley Civic Center, 407 E. Laurel Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Immunizations also will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all county health department sites statewide, including in Robertsdale and Bay Minette.


Patients of all ages should be sure to plan for a follow-up visit if told to return.


Source: Alabama Department of Public Health