News Releases

May 24, 2011

Emergency Doses of Tetanus Vaccine Headed to Joplin for Tornado Response Effort

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has arranged for emergency shipments of 1,300 doses of tetanus-containing vaccine to be delivered to the Joplin area today. 

One thousand doses of the new pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap) will go to the Jasper County Health Department and 300 doses of tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine will go to the Joplin City Health Department. 

Clean-up and repair activities during and after a disaster present a greater risk of injuries that can lead to serious infection.  One of the most serious infections is tetanus, also known as "Lock Jaw," which can be deadly. 

Tetanus infection is preventable by vaccination.  Follow these recommendations: