Flu vaccination clinic set for Oct. 12 at VHS

Sanford Vermillion announces a flu vaccination clinic at the Vermillion High School Commons, Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4  to 7 p.m.

Vaccinations are being offered to school age children (K – 12) who meet the vaccine qualifying criteria. This clinic utilizes FREE vaccine provided by the State of South Dakota for children age 6 months through 18 years of age.

Two options will also be available for adults: flu vaccination for $20 or flu mist for $25. Sanford Health Plan and Medicare Part B clients may present your insurance card to cover the vaccine cost.

Vermillion PTA in partnership with Sanford Health Plan is also hosting a Children's Health Fair for students in grades 6-12. The health fair will be in the Vermillion High School gymnasium in conjunction with the flu clinic and will include a variety of health related topics including, Zumba Fitness, SUPER foods taste testing, hydration station, UV safety and much more. The Children's Health Fair will also include prizes and drawings for fun giveaways.

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 anyone who becomes pregnant during the flu season
  • People 50 years and older
  • Adults and children with certain chronic conditions

To prevent transmission to high-risk 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.

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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