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Occupational Health 

Spring 2011

VOL. 1  ISSUE 3

TETANUS AWARNESS

We are always anxious for the arrival of Spring and warmer weather which allows us to work outside!  This also is the time of year when we see more opportunities for tetanus. 

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious but preventable disease that affects the body's muscles and nerves. It typically arises from a skin wound that becomes contaminated by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani, which is often found in soil.

Tetanus is completely preventable by active tetanus immunization. Immunization is thought to provide protection for 10 years. 

Older teenagers and adults who have sustained injuries, especially puncture-type wounds, should receive booster immunization for tetanus if more than 10 years have passed since the last booster.

If a staff member has been injured outside or in any way that makes contact with soil likely, contact your health care provider regarding the possible risk for tetanus.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Contact our nursing staff with questions regarding:

  • Patient/injury care
  • Work status
  • Physicals & Drug screens
  • Prescription refills
  • Scheduling onsite testing and vaccinations
  • Scheduling onsite visits

Robin    Mon, Wed, Fri  641-428-5287      prehnr@mercyhealth.com
Sue       Mon - Tue   641-428-5749       hendrics@mercyhealth.com
Heather Wed - Fri    641-428-5747       lesterh@mercyhealth.com
Lea      Tues, Thurs  641-428-5287       washinla@mercyhealth.com

Scheduling appointments:

Morgan 641-428-5244

Billing questions or to set up a new account: 
Beth 641-428-5673 tateb@mercyhealth.com  

Office Manager:
Heidi Weaver 641-428-5451  weaverhk@mercyhealth.com

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