Vaccinations

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Officials with the South Dakota Animal Industry Board recommend animal producers vaccinate their herds against anthrax as they turn their cattle out to pasture this summer.

Several cases of anthrax are reported every year.  Last year seven herds were affected state-wide.

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease affecting a wide range of livestock.   It can also spread to humans.

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven is the state veterinarian and Executive Secretary for the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.

The realities of international travel mean a mosquito-borne illness can reach the Midwest during blizzard season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are at least 35 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States right now.  That includes a case in the state of Minnesota.  When Zika virus does cause illness, the CDC says symptoms are generally mild, but recent evidence suggests a possible association between maternal Zika virus infection and adverse fetal outcomes.

Lawmakers Consider Mandating Meningitis Vaccine

Jan 20, 2016

State lawmakers are considering requiring a meningitis vaccine for children in school. Colleen Winter with the South Dakota Department of Health says the disease can be fatal, and large numbers of teens are vulnerable to the illness.

Courtesy of Frontline

Vaccines have changed the world by largely eradicating a series of diseases, but some parents in the U.S. are choosing not to vaccinate their children -  this despite pressure from medical and public health officials and warnings of the return of preventable diseases once thought to be eliminated.

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been making a comeback. Late last year there was an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. South Dakota reported its first case of measles since 1997 in December. That outbreak centered around Mitchell and totaled more than a dozen cases.

Whooping Cough Outbreak In Black Hills

May 28, 2014

A pertussis outbreak in the Black Hills has caused Regional Health to implement visitation guidelines. Pertussis is commonly known as Whooping Cough. Health facilities across the area are limiting visiting hours, requiring masks, and restricting access for children under the age of 12. State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says the best way to stop this outbreak is to stay vaccinated.

Today, South Dakota’s three largest hospitals jointly announced that they are taking a step to protect individuals from a dangerous and contagious disease. Starting this flu season, Avera, Sanford and Regional Health will require yearly vaccinations against influenza for all employees, health care providers and volunteers.

Doctor David Klocke is with Regional Health.