Health departments in the provinces of Sebastian, Crawford, Logan and Franklin are among those who offer vaccinations for hepatitis A and tetanus to those affected by the recent floods. Vaccinations will be provided at no cost to the patient, but patients should bring their insurance information with them if they have it, according to a press release issued by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Due to the possibility of injury related to debris after flooding, it is recommended that all respondents and residents make sure they are informed with the tetanus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP for those less than 7, Tdap or Td for those aged 7 years and over) throughout their lifetime:
• Infants and children should receive five doses of DTaP until the age of 6 years.
• Adolescents should receive a Tdap dose between 11 and 12 years of age.
• Pregnant women should receive one dose of Tdap during each pregnancy.
• Adults should receive a Td dose every 10 years.
• Adults who are eligible to receive a Td but have never had Tdap must receive a Tdap.
• If you get a wound, you should continue to see your doctor as it may require other medicines or treatment.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection that can be caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water. It has not been recently associated with exposure to flood waters in the United States. However, because Arkansas is currently experiencing a hepatitis A eruption, anyone who is involved in floods and wants to be protected from hepatitis A is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, the release continues.
The vaccines will be available for next month on the following LHU units from 8am until 4:30 pm daily and during late hours as noted:
Northwest region (late hours every Thursday from 9:30 am to 6 pm):
Logan County – Paris
Logan County – Booneville
Central Region (late hours every Monday from 9:30 am to 6 pm):
Pulaski County – Central (this site is currently unmanaged power ADH social media accounts for updates on energy recovery)
Arkansas County – DeWitt (Slow hours every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 6 pm)
Province of Arkansas – Stuttgart (late hours every Monday from 9:30 am to 6 pm)
Province of Desha – Douma (late hours every Thursday from 9:30 am to 6 pm)
County Jefferson (Late hours every Thursday from 9:30 am to 6 pm)
District of Lincoln (late hours every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 6 pm)
Vaccines are also available in many clinics and pharmacies. There is an LHU in each county, and a list can be found at health.arkansas.gov / health-units.