Tetanus shots for Texas Hurricane Harvey flood victims?


U.S. Representative Pete Sessions, the Republican from Texas, used to be a Boy Scout. Because of his training, he is encouraging victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas to get vaccinated against tetanus, especially if they have waded through dirty flood water.


And so, to prepare for the rush of terrified (and uninformed) people wanting a tetanus shot, Texas has started “filling requests for tetanus vaccinations and is sending supplies of the vaccine to the affected areas.” 1

However, the CDC recommends one dose of the Tdap (which contains tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) to protect against tetanus infection and notes that infection doesn’t happen from flood waters. It doesn’t soak into your skin: Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, who directs the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy says the “old wives’ tale” that simply being in flood waters increases your risk of tetanus bacteria infection is just that, a myth.


If you are in Texas and people are pressuring you to get a tetanus shot, direct them to the CDC‘s website. It might be the only time you need to!

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Erin Elizabeth


Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site HealthNutNews.com is barely 4 years old, but cracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide. She is an author, public speaker, and has recently done some TV and film programs for some of her original work which have attracted international media coverage. Erin was the recipient for the Doctors Who Rock "Truth in Journalism award for 2017. You can get Erin’s free e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame vaccine injuries, Lyme disease, significant weight gain, and more. Follow Erin on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Sources and References

  1. The Vaccine Reaction, August 31, 2017.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.