Public health officials urging people to get tetanus shots, ahead of potential flooding

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- Clean-up efforts could soon be underway with the possibility of flooding looming on the horizon. But one danger you can prepare yourself for now, is getting up to date on your tetanus shot.

It’s not the flooding itself you have to worry about when it comes to tetanus, it's when people are cleaning up and those flood waters pick-up sediment and get dirty. If you cut or scrape yourself in these conditions, you could get tetanus.

Luckily though, tetanus is very rare. In fact the last case diagnosed in the state of North Dakota was in 2006. Public health officials credit the high immunization rates for the minimal cases in the state.

"Tetanus comes from the environment. It's found in the soil, in the sand. You can get it from burns, from an animal bite, from frostbite, any sort of wound that is opening up the skin, tetanus can be introduced into the body,” says Fargo Cass Public Health Immunization Coordinator, Jessica Leitch.

Health officials say if you can't remember the last time you've gotten the shot, now is the time to get one. They urge you get a shot every 10 years. To make it easier for you, Fargo Cass Public Health is offering walk-in tetanus immunizations clinics starting next week.

The clinic will be offered Tuesday, March 26th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Friday, March 29th from 6:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.