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When Cleaning Up After Floods, Vaccinate

Last updated on Monday, July 7, 2008

(UNDATED) - Cleaning up from last month’s floods could be hazardous to the health of many Hoosiers.

A young boy in Wisconsin recently developed a life-threatening illness caused by bacteria in contaminated floodwaters.

Judy Moon with the Indianapolis Visiting Nursing Service says when working in homes that were ravaged by floodwaters, its important to keep your hands clean and disinfect contaminated water and surfaces with a diluted bleach solution. It's also important to get a tetanus shot if you have not gotten one in the past 10 years.

These vaccines are available for free at the VNS clinic in Indianapolis. VNS also provided residents in Martinsville and Seymour with the shots after the local health departments ran out of the vaccine.

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