PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor and First Lady rolled up their sleeves yesterday to receive their flu vaccinations–and are urging other South Dakotans to follow their lead. Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard are new grandparents and said in a press release that they have learned that babies under six months are at high risk for complications if they get the flu-however they are too young for the vaccine. The Daugaard’s say that adults can protect themselves and their infants by getting vaccinated. There have already been four confirmed cases of influenza-all in children. A significant number of flu cases and hospitalizations are noted in children each year. The state provides free flu vaccine for all kids from six months to 18 years of age. Everyone should get a flu vaccination, but the health department says some are at higher risk for complications. Besides young infants; pregnant women, people older than 50 and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk. Learn more about flu prevention at www.flu.sd.gov.
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