THD to Offer Tetanus Shots at No Cost to Those Affected by Recent Storms

TULSA, OK - [May 27, 2019] – The Tulsa Health Department is working to respond to those affected by recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Tulsa County.

Beginning Tuesday, May 28, all Tulsa Health Department immunization clinics will offer tetanus shots at no cost to anyone affected by the weather events in Tulsa County. Visit www.tulsa-health.org/vaccines or call 918-582-9355 for hours and locations. Anyone who has sustained significant injuries is encouraged to seek medical attention from their primary care provider or urgent care. Many local pharmacies also offer tetanus shots. 

Additionally, THD and the Oklahoma Caring Foundation's Caring Van will provide tetanus shots at no cost to the residents of the Town & Country Area in west Tulsa on Tuesday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The van will be at Hwy 154th West Ave. & Hwy 51 area tomorrow. There are approximately 400 homes in that area.

Anyone who receives a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with dirt, feces, or saliva, should have a medical provider or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

THD health officials remind residents to avoid contact with floodwater. Floodwater and standing waters can be dangerous and can make you vulnerable to infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. Be aware that floodwater may contain sewage, and eating or drinking anything contaminated by floodwater can cause diarrheal disease (such as E. coli or Salmonella infection). 

For more health and safety information including tips on food safety during a power outage, instructions for food establishment owners in affected areas, and important information for returning home after a disaster please visit www.tulsa-health.org/flood-safety.

Tulsa Health Department
Since its establishment in 1950, the Tulsa Health Department serves as the primary public health agency to more than 600,000 Tulsa County residents, including 13 municipalities and four unincorporated areas. The agency is one of two autonomous local health departments in Oklahoma, with statutory public health jurisdiction throughout Tulsa County and the City of Tulsa. THD’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Tulsa County residents, in order to make Tulsa County the healthiest county in the country. THD was among the first health departments in the U.S. to receive national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. For more information, please visit www.tulsa-health.org.