Flu shot clinic set for Oct. 19

Sanford Vermillion announces a flu vaccination clinic scheduled next week. The clinic, open to the public, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Vermillion High School Commons, 1001 E. Main Street, Vermillion.

Vaccinations are being offered to all individuals older than six months who meet the vaccine qualifying criteria. The vaccine cost is $20. The vaccine is free to children 6 months to 18 years of age, Medicare Part B or Sanford Health Plan clients. Please bring your insurance card.

Who should receive a flu shot?

Everyone who wants to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting it to others should get a flu shot. Certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the vaccination:

• All children ages six months and up.

• Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant during the flu season.

• People 50 years and older.

• Adults and children with certain chronic conditions.

To prevent transmission to highrisk populations, vaccination is also recommended for:

• Healthcare workers.

• Caregivers of children less than six months of age and adults over age 50.

• Adults and children who live with children less than six months of age.

• Adults and children who live with or care for persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

Also, available this year at locations in the Sioux Falls region is the Fluzone High?Dose for people ages 65 years and older. Fluzone High Dose contains the same components as regular strength flu vaccine but provides a stronger immune response in people 65 years of age and older.
For more information about flu or flu vaccination, go to the CDC's Web site at www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/.

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