GOP rep warns Texas residents: Start thinking about tetanus shots

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Monday that Texans affected by Tropical Storm Harvey need to take precautionary steps to protect their personal health, like getting tetanus shots after wading through dirty flood water. 

"I would like to say in watching this there are a couple things as a result of my Boy Scout background: look ahead, look where people are actually going to need to make sure they have their tetanus shots," Sessions said on CNN's "New Day."

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The GOP lawmaker urged the CNN hosts to interview medical experts who can advise people in east Texas and Louisiana on how to stay healthy in the flooding.

"This is going to come to them, they need to be preparing themselves as we speak — to be prepared not only for water and flooding, but their own personal lives and safety and health, making sure they get children and elderly people away from these areas. This water is extensive," Sessions continued.

President Trump tweeted Sunday that the city is experiencing “historic” rainfall and “unprecedented” floods in the area.

The Category 4 storm has saturated the streets with large-scale flooding, bringing much of east Texas to a standstill. 

Texas Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R) and John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Air Force makes criminal reporting changes after Texas massacre We need a better pathway for allowing civilians to move guns across state lines MORE (R) pressed the Trump administration in a letter Friday to make a major disaster order and provide “any and all protective measures” for Texas as it faces the damages incurred by the deluge. 

“This is a 500-year flood, and Harvey is predicted to stay here and keep dumping a significant amount off water on the region that is going to put even greater pressure [on the state],” Cruz said in a Fox News interview on Sunday.