CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo announced a new order making it easier for people in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to be vaccinated against tetanus.
Pharmacists will be now be allowed to administer tetanus shots at their place of business, and emergency medical technicians and dentists will be able to assist city or county health departments in administering tetanus vaccines.
Tetanus shots can prevent infections that could result from exposure to tetanus bacteria during post-storm cleanup activities.
"It is critical that people performing cleanup work after the storm take all necessary health precautions, including getting a tetanus vaccination if needed," said Governor Cuomo.
Due to the possibility of getting deep cuts or wounds when cleaning up debris, performing tasks that involve contact with soil or dirty materials, or making repairs to homes in the aftermath of the Hurricane Sandy, people that are in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy need to guard themselves against potential tetanus infections.
Emergency responders, volunteers and residents working on repair, construction and cleanup projects should check to make sure they have been immunized for tetanus within the last ten years.
If they are not up-to-date with the immunization or are unsure of the date of their last tetanus-containing vaccination, they should obtain a tetanus booster.
The New York State Health Department and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene urge people to contact their primary health care provider first to receive a tetanus booster shot.
If their primary care provider is not operating or they cannot get to their primary care provider's office, individuals should contact their local pharmacy or local health department to inquire about receiving a booster shot.
Many pharmacies in the affected areas are ready to provide these vaccinations. Residents in New York City can call 311 to locate a vaccination site.
Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that are present in dust, soil or manure, and enters the body through puncture wounds or cuts.
After entering the body, the bacteria can produce toxins that can cause painful muscle contractions in the neck and abdomen, which are often characterized as "lockjaw," and can impair breathing. Left untreated, tetanus can be fatal.
In addition to following safety guidelines to prevent injuries during cleanup or construction activities, all wounds and cuts should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. Medical attention should be sought for puncture wounds and lacerations.
People who do sustain injuries and have not had a tetanus booster in the past five years should be revaccinated as part of treatment for the injury.
DURHAM, N.Y. – A court order is preventing dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February from being adopted out. Dawn Verdeschi, 45, is charged with 32 counts of failure to provide sustenance,More >>
Although most of the dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February have been adopted out, a few are still being held due to co-ownership issues.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. - A forum looking to raise awareness of drug addiction and drug abuse at the Albany College of Pharmacy will be held on Tuesday. A timely meeting, after Attorney General Eric Holder saidMore >>
A forum looking to raise awareness of drug addiction and drug abuse at the Albany College of Pharmacy will be held on Tuesday.More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – Fire officials in Slingerlands are still searching for a cause in a fire that destroyed a family's home over the weekend. Expectant mother Aimee Kleinke was not home at the time,More >>
Fire officials in Slingerlands are still searching for a cause in a fire that destroyed a family's home over the weekend.More >>
ROTTERDAM, N.Y.—Federal Safety Officials are still investigating the death of a man who was pinned under a vehicle in Rotterdam. Police and emergency crews were called to "AC Body Works" on GuilderlandMore >>
Federal Safety Officials are still investigating the death of a man who was pinned under a vehicle in Rotterdam.More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – A Slingerlands family is recovering after their home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon. The call for a fire at 78 Maher Rd. came in around 4 p.m. Sunday. At least four people,More >>
A Slingerlands family is recovering after their home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.More >>
HUDSON, N.Y.—Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett reported the arrest of a Level 3 Sex Offender on Tuesday. Michael Jones, 36, was charged with Failure to Report Change of Address, his second conviction,More >>
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett reported the arrest of a Level 3 Sex Offender on Tuesday.More >>
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – The younger brother of John Halacy has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a Thanksgiving Day burglary. District Attorney David Soares has announced that Raymond Halacy, 19, pleadedMore >>
The younger brother of John Halacy has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a Thanksgiving Day burglary.More >>
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y.—Shenendehowa High School was evacuated due to a gas smell in the building. While preparing for a lab Tuesday morning, a science teacher noticed and reported a gas smell in a scienceMore >>
Shenendehowa High School was evacuated due to a gas smell in the building.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – CDTA has announced they will begin enhanced service for Route #50 to go into effect on March 17. CDTA said the enhanced service is a sign that they are responding to a demand in serviceMore >>
CDTA has announced they will begin enhanced service for Route #50 to go into effect on March 17.More >>
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – A Gloversville man was arrested on Monday on charges stemming from an incident that occurred earlier this month. Gloversville Police say they observed Branden Canty, 29, operatingMore >>
A Gloversville man was arrested on Monday on charges stemming from an incident that occurred earlier this month.More >>