WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Medical experts from Sedgwick County and Butler County are providing tetanus shots to those impacted by the tornado.

The goal is to get people their shots before it is too late. Tetanus is a serious disease caused by bacteria. If left untreated, it can cause muscle stiffness to spread and can cause death, according to nationalacademies.org.

The shot is meant to be given out every 10 years, but medical experts say it does not hurt to get it before then.

Nurses from Sedgwick County and Butler County hope to vaccinate as many people as possible.

“Any injury, whether it’s rusty or not, any metal injury, any dog bites, animal bites, tetanus is always recommended after those. It is a very spreadable disease if you are not protected against it,” said Jessica Horner, an epidemiology nurse at Butler Health Department.

Medical officials hope to continue to vaccinate in the upcoming weeks as the community cleans up the area.