Health dept warns against tetanus from firecracker-related wounds

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday called on those who were injured by firecrackers to get tetanus shots immediately.

“All firecracker wounds are tetanus-prone. This means that regardless of whether (the wound is) small or big, there is the risk of developing tetanus,” said health department spokesperson, Dr. Eric Tayag.

Citing that tetanus can be deadly, Tayag said the wound should be cleansed in running water and should not be ignored.

“And you can only be vaccinated with anti-tetanus vaccine if you go to hospitals,” he said, noting that it is given free in government hospitals, along with treatment for all firecracker-related injuries and wounds from stray bullets.

Last year, a PHP10 million budget was allotted for the treatment of such injuries. This year, the health department expects less expenses due to a huge drop in the number of firecracker-related injuries.