More flu vaccine shipped to South Dakota

More flu vaccine shipped to South Dakota Gov. Rounds has announced that the Department of Health has received 27,160 doses of flu vaccine from Aventis as part of CDC's vaccine reallocation to states.

"This is good news for South Dakota. The vaccine arrived today and the department is turning around and shipping it out as quickly as they can so people who have been waiting can be vaccinated," said the governor.

Most of the vaccine will be sent to the department's community health nursing offices across the state. The department will be setting up high risk flu clinics in many

communities and will post a schedule on its Web site, www.state.sd.us/doh/flu. High risk individuals are encouraged to check the site for clinics in their area or contact the local office to schedule a shot.

A list of community health offices is on the web at www.state.sd.us/doh/Address/.

Gov. Rounds said the department would also be providing vaccine to assisted living centers as well as to hospitals and clinics that have been identified as shortage areas in the department's ongoing assessment.

The shipment brings South Dakota's total doses to 187,650, or about 68 percent of what is needed to cover the state's estimated high risk population. The gov. said the state should also receive about 10,000 additional doses when CDC begins its Phase 2 reallocation of vaccine but has not yet been notified of the timing of those doses.

High risk individuals that should be vaccinated include:


* Children aged 6-23 months;


* Adults aged 65 years and older;


* People aged 2-64 with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS or cancer;


* Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;


* Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;


* Children aged 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy;


* Health care workers involved in direct patient care;


* Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children under 6 months of age.

"I especially want to thank all of the health care providers throughout South Dakota for working with us to get the flu vaccine to those that need it the most," said Gov. Rounds.

Basic hygiene should also be practiced to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. People should cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and should wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. Those with flu-like symptoms should stay home to avoid infecting colleagues or classmates.

More information about flu and the vaccine situation is available on the department Web site at www.state.sd.us/ doh/flu.

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