FLOODWATERS RAISE RISKS …
|| By TAYLOR BROWN || This month’s record-breaking flooding in South Carolina has shattered all sorts of rainfall records – but it’s also produced many acts of outright heroism and even more examples of people coming together to care for their friends and neighbors in the Columbia Community.
One of these heroes is Becky Grantland. Becky knew that because of the flood and its aftermath, people would need to be immunized against tetanus. She got the all rolling by contacting S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay, who then contacted Ryan Hall, vice president of Palmetto Baptist Hospital.
Ryan was eager to help and said that one of the hospital’s physicians, Dr. Stephen Ridley, was also working on this issue.
Palmetto Baptist, along with the Columbia Fire Department, dispatched its mobile care units to the Whispering Pines area of Columbia, S.C. and over 700 people were immunized. The mobile unit then moved to South Beltline where more people were able to receive care and be vaccinated against tetanus.
To me, these types of acts epitomize the greatness of our city and why it will emerge from this recovery stronger than before.
I would also like to thank all involved for their leadership, especially Rep. Finlay who has gone above and beyond serving his constituents and community during this time of crisis. Unlike many of the politicians who used this disaster as a means for shameless self-promotion (or selfies from helicopters) rather than really help their constituents, Finlay took his food truck out with the Ramirez Family’s “Family Fresh Mex” food truck to provide free food to first responders.
If you need a tetanus shot, please don’t wait.
“The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it’s been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination or you have experienced an injury and your shot is more than five years old,” a release from the agency noted. “In the event of a puncture wound or wound contaminated by floodwater, individuals should consult a healthcare provider. For those who require a tetanus vaccination, there will be no-cost Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination clinics.”
For more information on how you can get your vaccination, click here.
Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age. She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food, wine, and spirited political arguments.