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March 7, 2007

Baker County -- Health experts have a warning for recovery workers and storm victims. You need to make sure you're up to date on tetanus shots.

As you clean up and rummage through debris, you're at risk because the tetanus bacteria is all around. It can enter the body through minor scrapes, even splinters.

The Baker County Health Department is offering free shots. The department urges anyone who hasn't gotten a tetanus shot in the past five years, or anyone who is injured, to get vaccinated.

Tetanus can be fatal.

"People especially during the cleanup efforts have a high risk of injury of an object that may penetrate the skin," said Dr. Jaqueline Grant.

Tetanus can attack the central nervous system within three weeks of exposure.

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