With the arrival of warmer weather you’ll be spending more time outdoors and Immunize Canada warns you could be placing yourself at risk of vaccine preventable tetanus if you are not up to date with your immunizations.
Tetanus is an acute often fatal disease caused by a toxin released by bacteria present in our environment. Infection can occur from a minor scrape or puncture while gardening or renovating or even an animal bite. The bacteria that cause the disease tend to live in dirt, dust and soil and can enter the body through breaks in the skin or wounds caused by contaminated objects.
Immunize Canada recommends that everyone receive a tetanus booster every ten years.
For more information you can contact the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center at 204-687-1350.