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Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics offer free tetanus shots to mudslide victims

First responders, cleanup crews, residents qualify

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Direct Relief said it's partnering up with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, to offer free tetanus shots to residents, cleanup workers, and first responders exposed to flood water and debris from the devastating mudslides.

Personnel with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics will administer the Direct Relief-donated tetanus vaccines between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at the following locations:

  • Eastside Neighborhood Clinic
    915 N. Milpas St.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Westside Neighborhood Clinic
    628 W. Micheltorena St.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Goleta Neighborhood Clinic
    5580 Calle Real
    Goleta, CA 93111
  • Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic
    970 Emarcadero Del Mar
    Isla Vista, CA 93117

Officials say additional locations and hours will be announced later in the week.

The risk of tetanus increases during and after a flood or mudslide due to growing wounds during that time. That's why public health officials say residents and those involved in cleanup efforts should have their tetanus vaccination up to date.

"Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) – three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases. While diphtheria and pertussis spread from person to person, tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds," said a statement by Direct Relief.

Individuals 10 years of age or older who have not received a tetanus vaccine in the past five years are eligible for this program.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html.


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