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Outbreaks of communicable diseases after floods are unusual, but diseases may increase because of contaminated water, food spoilage, mosquito exposure, or crowded living conditions.
Flood victims and workers may be exposed to tetanus bacteria if wounds become contaminated from floodwaters or other materials. If you receive a puncture wound, laceration, or abrasion, see your health care provider or check with your local health department about any special health needs.
Call your health care provider. You may also call your local health department for assistance.
All information presented is intended for public use. For more information, please refer to: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.asp#immunizations.
This page was last reviewed on November 18, 2008.
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