Stanley County Schools to Hold a Meningitis Vaccine Clinic Later This Month

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FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Stanley County Schools will have a Meningitis Vaccine Clinic for students from the ages of 11-18 years old on September 25.  The district has announced that the clinic will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Stanley County School in the 6-12 gymnasium.  The vaccine clinic is free.  Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection resulting in inflammation of tissues covering the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms can include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, vomiting and a rash.   A percentage of those with the disease die and some survivors suffer permanent disabilities like hearing loss or limb amputations.  South Dakota reports three cases of meningococcal disease on average.  So far this year, the district says four cases have been reported.

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