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Influenza (flu) can be a serious illness especially in those with weakened immune systems or are too young to receive the flu vaccine. Take steps to protect yourself and those in our community by getting your annual flu vaccine. The vaccine in combination with good hygiene habits will help keep you and those you love healthy this flu season.  

Flu Prevention 

  1. Get your flu shot 
  2. Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer 
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes (then wash your hands) 
  4. Stay at home if you are sick 
  5. Keep sick children home from school/daycare 

Flu Shots 

Flu shots are available to persons 6 months and older. Appointments are required for flu shots at Yankton Medical Clinic and can be made by calling your provider or 605-665-7841.  The cost is $40 each with insurance billing available. We accept most major insurances including Dakotacare and Medicare. 

Flu Symptoms  

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus, the flu can be mild to severe. You may have some or all of these symptoms: 

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever) 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • headaches 
  • Fatigue (tiredness) 

What to Do if You’re Sick  

Most people with the flu have a mild illness. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. 

  • Rest 
  • Drink fluids 
  • Avoid contact with other people 
  • Stay home for 24 hours after a fever, without medication, is gone 

If your symptoms are severe, you are in a high-risk group or worried about your illness, contact your provider. The high-risk group includes young children, those over 65 years old, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions. 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your provider. 

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