Tetanus shots common after Joplin tornado

Monday, June 20, 2011 | 10:16 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Thousands of people have gotten tetanus shots in Joplin as residents, volunteers and emergency workers aid in the cleanup from a deadly tornado.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said local officials have administered about 13,000 tetanus shots. And that's just part of the health precautions being taken in the area.

The department said its staff has distributed 36,000 toothbrushes, more than 10,000 single-use insect repellant wipes and about 4,000 single-use sunscreen wipes.

The department also passed out free supplies following the flooding in southeast Missouri, including more than 3,300 bottles of hand sanitizer.


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