First responders urged to get immunizations

Crook County Public Health is working to update the immunizations for Crook County First Responders. First Responders will include EMTs and firemen from Moorcroft, Hulett, Pine Haven and Sundance, as well as, all county volunteer firemen and law enforcement. The fire and police chiefs and directors of each ambulance service will ascertain who is qualified to be First Responder on their service.
When Emergency Management and Public Health evaluated past preparedness exercises and real events that have taken place in Crook County, it was found that First Responders participating in events may not have been adequately immunized. At the present time, the recommendation is for all First Responders to have the Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, and updated Tetanus vaccinations.
Barbara Coy, Public Health Manager, is working with the State of Wyoming hepatitis program to obtain the Hepatitis A & B vaccine. Gari Gill, County Fire Warden, has received funding from the SAFER grant for tetanus vaccine.
Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, or body fluids. Hepatitis A is transmitted the fecal -oral route. Both viruses can attack the liver and are the leading cause of liver cancer. Tetanus is a bacterium that is found in the soil worldwide. It causes harm when it penetrates deep enough into the body where it can start multiplying causing neurological damage and death.
Hepatitis A is a series of two vaccinations separated by six months. Hepatitis B is a series of three vaccinations given over six months. At the present time, Hepatitis A & B vaccines do not need booster vaccinations. Tetanus vaccination needs to be repeated at least every ten years.
All First Responders should attend one of the following meetings to begin the process of vaccinations or the process to decline vaccinations:
Hulett Fire Hall – Sunday, January 8 at 6 p.m.
Moorcroft Fire Hall – Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Sundance Fire Hall – Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Pine Haven Fire Hall – Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m.
If you should have any questions, please call Crook County Public Health at 283-1142.