The Arkansas Department of Health will offer hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations at some local health units (LHUs) to those impacted by the recent flooding.
The vaccinations will be provided at free to the patient, but patients should bring their insurance information with them if they have it, according to a news release.
Due to the possibility of a debris-related injury after a flood, it is recommended that all responders and residents make sure that they are up-to-date with the tetanus shot, according to the release.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccination (DTaP for those younger than seven; Tdap or Td for those seven years or older) across the lifespan:
Infants and children should receive five doses of DTaP by the time they reach six years of age.
Adolescents should receive a single dose of Tdap between 11 and 12 years of age.
Pregnant women should receive a single dose of Tdap during every pregnancy.
Adults should receive a single dose of Td every 10 years.
Adults who are eligible to receive a Td, but have never had a Tdap, should receive a Tdap.
If you receive a wound, you should still see your doctor as other medicines or treatment may be needed.
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that can be caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. It has not recently been associated with exposure to flood waters in the United States. However, since Arkansas is currently experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, anyone in flood-involved areas who wants to be protected from hepatitis A is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Vaccines will be available for the next month at the following local health units in the Southeast Region:
Arkansas County-DeWitt (Late hours every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
Arkansas County-Stuttgart (Late hours every Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
Desha County-Dumas (Late hours every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
Jefferson County (Late hours every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
Lincoln County (Late hours every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Other sites are available at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/health-units . Vaccines are also available in many doctor’s offices and pharmacies.