Tetanus-Diptheria Vaccine

Tetanus-Diptheria Vaccine Usage in Flooding Response Operations
Persons who have been impacted by the recent flooding may want to consider a Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccination. The good news is that there is an ample supply of this vaccine in the community. This vaccine is available at physician offices, pharmacies and convenient care facilities.  For more information call the Cook County Health Department at 708-633-4000
In addition, the following is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine Usage in flooding response operations:
  • According to the CDC, outbreaks of infectious disease after a flood in the United States are unusual and mass immunizing programs are not routinely recommended. Exposure to flood water alone is not a reason to give tetanus-containing vaccine or any other vaccine.  
  • Persons with severe wounds should be evaluated immediately by a healthcare provider. Those who sustain puncture wounds or wounds that may be contaminated with soil or fecal material should receive tetanus-containing vaccine if more than five years have elapsed since their last tetanus booster.
  • Persons who have not completed a primary tetanus series (a minimum of three doses of tetanus and diphtheria containing vaccine) must be vaccinated and given tetanus immune globulin (TIG) as soon as possible.  
  • Persons who sustain clean, minor wounds should receive tetanus-containing vaccine if they have not completed a primary series or, if more than 10 years have elapsed since their last tetanus booster.  
  • To ensure protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, Tdap should be administered to all other adolescents and adults who have not previously received Tdap or for whom vaccine status is unknown.
Persons with questions about vaccine should contact their physicians.