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It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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A nurse prepares a flu vaccine shot
A nurse prepares a flu vaccine shot

The flu season is under way across the country, and local health officials report increases in numbers of cases of influenza in West River South Dakota and in our neighboring state of Minnesota. “We’re on the upswing. The worst is yet to come,” said Lon Kightlinger, the state epidemiologist.

“The best way you can protect yourself from illness this time of year is by getting the flu shot and practicing good hygiene,” said Jill Franken, Sioux Falls Public Health Director. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers.

Sioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) - Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone, but some people are at particularly high risk and should be sure to be vaccinated. This includes people over age 50, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, healthcare workers, and household contacts of high-risk populations, especially those with young infants.

In addition to vaccination, to prevent the spread of the flu:

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand gel.

Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Stay home from work, school, and errands if you’re sick.

Vaccine is available at Falls Community Health. To schedule an appointment for a flu shot, please call 367-8793. Additional information about the flu can be found athttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

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