Flu clinics in Florence County

Get Ready, Medical Folks Say Another 'Bad' Flu Season Coming

Francis Hospital, 2016 South Main; Walgreens Drug, 1114 South Main; and Walmart Pharmacy, 1605 South Main.

To protect the health and welfare of college students and children in South Dakota, a free Influenza shot clinic is being provided by the South Dakota Department of Health and Rapid City Pennington County Emergency Management.

There are other preventative measures everyone should practice to prevent the flu and other illnesses.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Health workers vaccinated almost 300 people at the drive-thru. Those patients will be asked for a $20 donation to cover the cost of the vaccination, but if that can not be afforded, the department will still administer the shot.

In an annual event to take stock of seasonal flu vaccination coverage trends and build support for immunization ahead of the upcoming flu season, health officials speaking at a National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) media briefing today said vaccination levels fell a bit past year in younger children, a worry, given they are at high risk for flu complications. Flu vaccines are also available from primary care providers in Pendleton. Depending on which kind of vaccine you get, the flu shot either contains a dead, inactive form of the flu virus or no flu virus at all.

Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine created to protect against three different flu viruses-two A viruses and one B virus. You can also get flu shots as walk-in patients now.

About 40 percent of US residents received a seasonal flu vaccination previous year. The most deadly flu season on record remains that of thew 1918 pandemic, when upwards of 500,000 Americans are thought to have died.

What about if you're already feeling the flu coming on? "So don't worry about it being too early". Talk to your doctor before the vaccine if you are pregnant or have any health concerns. "It's stuff we prepare for every year".

Still, even the relatively weak flu shot probably saved many lives, CDC experts say, so everyone should avail themselves of the shot again this season. So it is recommended for everyone. "Of course, we want to get those who are young or old or have compromised immune systems, definitely want them, but everybody needs a flu vaccine". There are many different flu viruses that circulate every year.

Vaccine makers determine the composition of the vaccine each year. Businesses can also arrange for the hospital to come and host a flu shot clinic for employees.

The number of deaths last winter is higher than any flu season going back to 1976-1977, before which there is not easily available data, according to the AP.

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