JACKSON, MS (WMC) - Mississippi Health Department is encouraging residents, first responders, and anyone assisting with storm cleanup from the recent flooding across the state to get a tetanus shot.
Free shots are being offered at all county health departments in the areas affected by the flooding.
Flood waters can carry dangerous bacteria that can easily get into your bloodstream through an open wound or cut.
"Once the symptoms of tetanus set in, it's too late," Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the MS State Dept. of Health said. "It's paralysis, breathing machine, so the prevention is the only thing. Once it happens, you have to ride out the course of very horrible illness."