The Mountaineer Community Health Center is administering free tetanus vaccinations for those effected by last week’s flooding.
The center advertised through social media, notified small businesses and schools, and hung up flyers around the area to spread the word. Medical officials say tetanus is spread through water, soil and sometimes sewage. Health officials say the shots were administered in the center to make the trip easier for locals.
“Our area was hit pretty hard with the flooding,” said Tina Waugh, nurse practitioner for Mountaineer Community Health Center. “But then we’re also very rural so a lot of people don’t travel plus a lot of our roads are closed to the main areas so in order for them to get their shots they could come right here in town to get their shot.”
Tetanus is 100 percent preventable. The CDC advises vaccinations once every 10 years.