Flu Vaccination Schedule
Attend a free Flu Vaccination Clinic. The South Dakota State Employee Benefits Program will again offer free seasonal flu vaccinations at designated State sponsored locations. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older can benefit from annual influenza vaccination.
Flu vaccinations are safe and the best way to protect yourself from flu; by getting immunized you are also protecting more vulnerable individuals such as infants and the elderly who are very susceptible to serious illness from influenza.
Flu Vaccinations are offered to the following groups covered by the health plan:
- State employees,
- covered spouses, and
- dependent children (of any age).
Bring your State Health Insurance ID card with you.
For your convenience, print and complete the consent form below prior to attending the flu vaccination clinic. The Inactivated Flu Vaccine information statement will provide information on the risks and benefits of flu vaccination.
Before attending a flu clinic, all members should review the Notice of Privacy Act, individuals may request a hard copy with the Department of Health by calling 605.773.3361. To view the Notice of Privacy Act, click here.
People at High Risk for Influenza Related Complications
All members who are considered high risk for influenza complications are encouraged to receive the flu vaccine. Influenza can be a life threatening disease and the best protection from the disease is an annual flu shot.
People at High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications
People who have medical conditions including:
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
- People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 40 or greater)