Caring Vans Aid in Tornado Relief
In conjunction with the Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Oklahoma Caring Vans provided free tetanus shots Wednesday to tornado victims and individuals aiding in debris cleanup from tornadoes that affected Oklahoma City and Edmond earlier this week.
"Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by these devastating tornadoes," said Beverly Binkowski, executive director, Oklahoma Caring Foundation. "By providing tetanus shots, we hope we can help minimize injuries and reduce health complications for those helping with cleanup efforts."
Health officials recommend a tetanus shot to cleanup workers who have not had a tetanus shot within the past 10 years. To provide the most efficient service possible, a Caring Van was sent to both northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. Each van was managed by an immunization field consultant, a bioterrorism specialist and two nurses. Together, the vans reached approximately 250 people, providing 48 tetanus shots.
"Although the nurses could do this on their own, the Caring Vans helped to mobilize their supplies and made the process more effective," said Brooke Townsend, assistant manager of special programs, Oklahoma Caring Foundation.
Through the Oklahoma Caring Van Program, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation provides free immunizations to children utilizing mobile health units that visit child care centers, schools and community events across Oklahoma. The foundation, established in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization, is funded by community contributions and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma as an in-kind donation.
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