Health District Reminder: Importance of Keeping Tetanus Booster Updated

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District is advising residents who receive wounds or abrasions during the Hurricane Harvey clean-up effort to make sure their tetanus booster is current. All adults should get a booster dose of tetanus every 10 years.

If you have not had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years and have received cuts please call the Immunizations Clinic at (361) 826-7238. The Health District Immunizations Clinic is located at 1702 Horne Road.

The T.D. vaccine protects against two bacterial illnesses: tetanus and diphtheria. Tetanus vaccine can help prevent tetanus disease, commonly known as "lockjaw." Tetanus is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the person cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about one in ten cases.

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