2018 Influenza Vaccination Clinics
The Pierre Area POD, and the South Dakota Department of Health are offering free seasonal influenza vaccine to all children 6 months through 18 years of age at a one-time event.
Vaccinating children helps protect them from serious influenza illness and complications, as well as decreases the spread of influenza in the community as children are often the biggest spreaders of influenza to adults and other children.
The free flu immunization clinic for Pierre area children will be on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 from 3:30 to 6 pm at the T.F. Riggs High School and is intended to exercise the local point of dispensing (POD) plan. Pierre is one of 30 POD sites organized by the state to quickly get medications to a large population in the event of a large infectious disease outbreak or other public health emergency, including bioterrorism and pandemic influenza. The POD sites receive funding from the South Dakota Department of Health through its federal preparedness grants.
The state is supplying the vaccine free of charge and there will be no administration fee at the POD/ flu immunization clinic.
Parent/guardian consent is required and parents/guardians may bring the 2018-2019 flu consent form completed with their children to move through the line quickly. Consent forms can be found on the Pierre School District website or picked up at T.F. Riggs High School as well as the Community Health Services Office at 740 E. Sioux, Suite 107 in Pierre. Please review the Vaccine Information Statement carefully and keep for future reference.
Based on a child’s history of receiving flu vaccine in the past several years, children under the age of 9 years may need 2 doses of vaccine this year separated by 4 weeks. Please check with your doctor’s office to determine whether your child needs an additional dose.
If you have questions about the vaccine or the scheduled clinic, please contact:
Hughes County Community Health
740 E. Sioux, Suite 107
Pierre, SD 57501
If your child is sick
If your child is ill, do not send your child to school. Please refer to the South Dakota Department of Health for a full listing of recommendations. Students should not attend school if:1. Temperature is above 100.0, with or without fever-reducing medication
2. The child is vomiting or has diarrhea
3. The child has suspected pink eye
4. The child has a sore throat with a temperature elevation
Medication Administration At School
Head Lice Policy
The parent of a student found to have live head lice will receive a personal call or a note sent home regarding treatment. A student with live lice may be excluded immediately in the event of frequent or repeated infestations or at the discretion of the school nurse.
Immunizations Required for School Entry in South Dakota
South Dakota Codified Law 13-28-7.1 requires students entering school or early childhood programs to present certification that they have been adequately immunized, according to the recommendations of the Department of Health. The law applies to all children entering school for the first time, including transfer students.Learn More
Immunization Information Links
Immunization Schedules for Children Birth – 18 years