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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on the Farm on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:30 PM. Vaccinations will be available for adults aged 18 and older. Being underinsured means that you have a co-pay, deductible, or insurance that does not cover part or all of the cost for adult immunizations. A suggested five dollar fee is recommended for vaccine administration but not required.

Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is a disease caused by bacteria that affects the body's muscles and nerves. Symptoms of tetanus include muscle spasms in the jaw, difficulty swallowing, and stiffness or pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, or back. The spasms can spread to the muscles of the abdomen, upper arms, and thighs. Other possible health problems from tetanus include: vocal cord spasms, bone fractures, high blood pressure, infection, lung clots, and pneumonia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tetanus leads to death in 10-20% of cases, with the highest rate occurring in older people.

The only way to get tetanus is from a skin wound that becomes contaminated by the tetanus bacteria, which is often found in soil. The best way to prevent yourself from getting tetanus is to obtain a tetanus vaccination every ten years.

For more information about tetanus or other vaccines offered at Fillmore County, please contact Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898.

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