El Paso County Public Health will provide a free tetanus vaccination clinic on Friday, March 23, for anyone working on fire cleanup and debris removal in the area of the Carson Midway Fire.
The clinic will be at the Hanover Fire Station No. 3, 7960 Indian Village Heights, from 3-6 p.m. Vaccine will be given while supplies last to people age 7 and older.
During an emergency, tetanus is recommended for impacted residents or first responders who have not had a vaccination within the past five years.
Tetanus is a preventable disease that affects the body’s central nervous system. The bacteria that causes tetanus is usually found in soil, dust, and manure, and enters the body through cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects, such as nails and splinters.
In addition to tetanus vaccination, the following procedures will help keep people safe while cleaning up debris:
- Wear sturdy shoes, gloves, long pants, and safety glasses during cleanup operations; sneakers are not recommended because they will not prevent punctures, or crush injuries. Wear a hardhat if there is any danger of falling debris.
- Frequently wash hands with soap and clean, running water, especially before meals and after cleanup activities.
- Keep children away from debris and don’t allow them to play with toys or objects that have been in contact with ash and debris.
- Any items covered in soot from the tire fire should be wiped down with a damp cloth or wet mop. Additionally, hosing down your yard will help disperse the soot into the soil.
Tetanus vaccination is also available at the El Paso County Public Health Immunization Clinic, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment call 719-578-3199, and select option 5.
For more information visit www.elpasocountyhealth.org.