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Health Department offering tetanus shots

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering free tetanus vaccines, especially for victims of last week’s tornadoes, emergency workers and volunteers.

Clinics were held earlier this week and the vaccine will also be distributed free on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department’s centers in Grant, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties.

Symptoms of tetanus include headache, jaw cramping and muscle spasms. It can cause painful muscle stiffness all over the body, seizures, fever and high blood pressure. Tetanus can also lead to difficulty swallowing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one in five people affected with tetanus dies.

Anyone working among debris and have not had a tetanus vaccination in the last five years, is encouraged to get one.

For more information, go to www.nkyhealth.org.