Published on May 09, 2019

Genesis Offers Tetanus Vaccinations

Genesis Convenient Care locations in Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline will temporarily offer free tetanus vaccinations for adults involved in flood relief efforts.

Individuals at higher risk for wounds by working in flood water can receive the free vaccinations at:
• Genesis Convenient Care, 3200 West Kimberly Road, Davenport
• Genesis Convenient Care, 2140 53rd Ave., Bettendorf
• Genesis Convenient Care, 3900 28th Ave., Moline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that exposure to contaminated flood waters can cause:

• Wound infections
• Skin rash
• Gastrointestinal illness
• Tetanus

The CDC also said possible hazards in floodwaters can include:

• Human and livestock waste
• Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
• Waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
• Other contaminants that can lead to illness
• Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris
• Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

“Flood relief workers should be cautious to protect themselves from possible hazards in the water,’’ said Bharat Motwani, M.D., infectious disease specialist, Genesis Health System. “And, relief workers should respond appropriately if they suffer a wound from a nail, glass, or metal object while working in flood water.’’

Motwani said any wounds suffered while working in floodwater should be cleaned as soon as possible and may require medical attention.

Regarding the treatment of wounds during flood recovery, the CDC says:

• Avoid exposure to floodwater if you have an open wound.
• Cover and clean open wounds with a waterproof bandage to reduce chance of infection.
• Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
• If a wound develops redness, swelling, or oozing, seek immediate medical attention.

Genesis Health System also is announcing the launch of a local community flood relief fund and is accepting donations from businesses, individuals, and from the 5,000 employees of Genesis.

“Many of us have asked ‘what can I do?’ as we have watched flooded businesses, watched people uprooted from their homes and admired the around-the-clock response of fire, police, other city departments and relief organizations. We have had those thoughts at Genesis and we want to help,’’ said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. “We can certainly help through our donations, through our volunteer efforts to help with cleanup, and, as businesses reopen, we can help with our patronage.”

Genesis employees, area businesses and the public can participate in recovery efforts by going to www.genesishealth.com/floodrelief. All proceeds will be directed to local community flood relief efforts.

For additional information, call the Genesis Foundation at (563) 421-6865.

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