Vaccines are essential to maintaining public health. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations have been proven to save lives and reduce the risks of contracting a disease. There are vaccines to arm the body’s immune system against over 20 life-threatening diseases.
The South Dakota Immunization Program aims to protect all South Dakotans against vaccine-preventable diseases by increasing immunization coverage levels for children and adults.
The program provides vaccines, material, training, and support to public and private immunization providers throughout the state. It increases public awareness of immunizations by providing educational materials to all vaccine providers and working in partnership with local and statewide coalitions. The program also monitors immunization levels of children in South Dakota and is involved with vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and outbreak control.
Within the program is the South Dakota Immunization Information System (SDIIS), a computer software system that allows healthcare providers to share immunization records.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
View up-to-date recommendations for child and adolescent immunization schedules based on age, conditions, and special situations through the CDC.
Locating a Childhood Immunization Provider
Check this listing of vaccine providers by county. Or call your local primary care doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or Community Health Office. Most such providers give childhood immunizations. Or call the South Dakota Department of Health Immunization Program at 1-800-592-1861 (in SD only) for help finding a provider in your area.
Because the South Dakota Department of Health supplies childhood vaccines for children eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children Program the following conditions apply to eligible children:
- You cannot be charged for the vaccine. However, you may be asked to pay a small administration fee, which is capped at $20.73 per injection.
- This administration fee must be waived if you are unable to pay.
- You may be required to pay an office visit fee to receive the vaccine.
State Supplied Vaccines
For additional information about available state-supplied vaccines contact the Immunization Program at 1-800-592-1861.
South Dakota Vaccination Rates
Community Immunization Coalitions
Immunize South Dakota
Meets: Full coalition meets quarterly, and committees meet monthly
Focus: Immunize South Dakota works to enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. This diverse group of professionals and experts work to facilitate communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies. Through outreach and advocacy, workshops, and conferences, Immunize South Dakota works tirelessly toward their vision of eliminating suffering due to vaccine-preventable diseases.
Davison County Coalition, Mitchell
Meets: 2 times a year
Focus: immunization education; new goal each year
Contact: Jenna Auch at email@example.com