South Dakota Child Influenza Vaccination
South Dakota's Child Influenza Immunization Initiative offers free flu vaccine for South Dakotans aged 6 months through 18 years. While the vaccine is free, providers may charge an administration fee; the fee must be waived if the individual is unable to pay.
Parents should be aware that some children may need two doses of flu vaccine:
- Children younger than 9 years of age need 2 doses of influenza vaccine if being vaccinated for the first time
- Children 6 months through 8 years of age who received influenza vaccine for the first time during the previous influenza season and got 1 one dose should receive 2 doses this season. However, children who were given influenza vaccine during any prior influenza season should receive only 1dose.
- The 2 doses should be given at least 4 weeks apart.