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Officials: Wait For Water To Recede Before Beginning Cleanup

Last updated on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

(UNDATED) - State health officials are reminding Hoosiers that flooding can pose serious health risks associated with cleaning up flood-damaged areas.

Hoosiers are advised to resist the temptation to begin cleaning up before the water recedes. Injuries caused by slippery conditions, poor visibility, floating debris, and electrical shock are just a few of the risks associated with working in floodwaters.

People in flooded areas are also encouraged to make sure they are up-to-date on their tetanus immunizations. Routine tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years. For people who receive more serious wounds, a tetanus booster is appropriate if they have not received one within the last 5 years.

The following counties have limited supplies of tetanus vaccine available for free to those in their county affected by the flooding: Carroll, Fulton, Kosciusko, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and White.

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