PIERRE — State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger and the state Department of Health have earned a deserved reputation for placing great emphasis on the benefits of immunizations in South Dakota.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
South Dakota’s flu immunization rate during the past year was 55.6 percent, best in the nation, according to the CDC. The national rate overall was 43 percent.
During the H1N1 outbreak in 2009-10, South Dakota had the highest rate of flu immunization for adults at 34.4 percent but was No. 10 nationally for children at 45.8 percent.
South Dakota’s immunization rate for the past flu season improved among children to 53.7 percent.
Twenty people died in South Dakota from flu during the past flu season, including four children. Kightlinger pointed out Thursday that South Dakota offers free flu shots for children age 6 months to 18 years.
South Dakota’s first case of flu this season was reported last week.
AIR TIME: Giving credit where due, South Dakota Public Broadcasting has a great headline in its October program guide: “Join SDPB for the Reception Reception.”
The double wording is intentional. SDPB and Black Hills State University plan a celebration of the new KYSD-FM transmitter at BHSU’s Club Buzz from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union.
The transmitter (91.9 FM) was added last year and began on-air service in December. It replaced a local lower-power transmitter system. SDPB plans to add a transmitter station for northeastern South Dakota next to serve the Watertown and Milbank region.