BOONI: A weeklong tetanus vaccination campaign will be launched in the district of Upper Chitral on May 16th (Monday), health department officials told ChitralToday here today.
During the tetanus vaccination campaign, teams from the health department will visit houses in each village to vaccinate women aged between 15 and 49 years.
During a training workshop arranged at the health department, the participants were told to ensure that expecting women got the tetanus jap during the drive that would continue till May 22.
Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. When the bacteria invade the body, they produce a poison (toxin) that causes painful muscle contractions. Another name for tetanus is “lockjaw”.
It often causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow. CDC recommends vaccines for infants, children, teens, and adults to prevent tetanus.
Tetanus bacteria can survive for a long time outside the body and are commonly found in soil and the manure of animals such as horses and cows.
If the bacteria enter the body through a wound they can quickly multiply and release a toxin that affects the nerves, causing symptoms such as muscle stiffness and spasms.
The bacteria can get into your body through:
- cuts and grazes
- tears or splits in the skin
- animal bites
- body piercings, tattoos and injections
- eye injuries
- injecting contaminated drugs.