South Dakota Department of Health Offers Tetanus Booster Shots in Response to Flood Conditions


South Dakota Department of Health Offers Tetanus Booster Shots in Response to Flood Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) will be offering Tetanus booster shots to eligible citizens and responders in response to the recent flood conditions affecting parts of South Dakota. 

The booster clinic will be held on Friday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Sioux City Fire Department, located at 205 Sodrac Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049.

"The safety and health of our citizens is our top priority," said Secretary of Health Melissa Magstadt. "We urge those involved in the cleanup efforts who may have been injured to take advantage of this clinic and ensure they are protected against Tetanus."

Tetanus booster shots are recommended every 7-10 years following the initial dose and are especially important for individuals who have sustained cuts or scrapes during cleanup efforts and have come into contact with floodwaters. It is important to note that the Tetanus vaccine is not necessary for those who have only had contact with floodwater without sustaining any injuries.

Flood conditions present unique challenges and potential health risks. Secretary Magstadt emphasized the importance of prevention and timely medical care, adding, "Preventative measures like getting a Tetanus booster can make a significant difference in avoiding serious health complications. Our department is committed to providing the necessary resources to support our communities during this time."

For more information on the booster clinic, please contact the South Dakota Department of Health by visiting our website at You can also find additional information on the Tetanus disease fact page.

At the heart of the Department of Health’s mission is a simple goal: to protect and improve the health of all South Dakotans. The department is entrusted with the vital task of promoting wellness, preventing disease, and ensuring access to quality healthcare for all South Dakotans.