Some Sunny Advice…

00427986It’s finally that time. The weather is beautiful, and we are enjoying every bit of its sunshine bliss!

When the weather starts to warm, many people start to think about taking on new outdoor projects and home renovations. Your deck might be calling out for another coat of paint, or maybe you’ve decided it’s finally time to start planting that new garden. Your intentions may be great, but you will always risk a possibility of injury. If you are unfortunate enough to sustain a cut, burn, or animal bite, you should definitely consider getting a Tetanus Vaccine.

Tetanus is a preventable disease. It is an infection of the nervous system with potentially deadly bacteria Clostridium tetani (C. tetani). For additional information on Tetanus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/tetanus/default.htm.

It has been said that stepping on a rusty nail will give you Tetanus, but it actually does not. The rust doesn’t cause Tetanus, it does, however, provide a thriving environment for it to survive. Clostridium Tetani is the bacteria that causes Tetanus infection and can be found in soil, dust, or animal waste. Even the most minor wounds may carry Tetanus contamination.

Protecting yourself is easy. Once you receive an initial Tetanus vaccination, all you have to do is take a booster shot every 10 years.

Tetanus is not something to take lightly. It can be deadly. If you injure yourself, check with your physician. If he or she prescribes a Tetanus shot, come visit any of our 5 locations in Northwest Florida. The Tetanus booster is only $35.