- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Health Department says South Dakota had the nation’s highest percentage for influenza vaccinations last season.

Figures released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 60 percent of South Dakotas received flu shots. The state ranked among the top 10 for every age group but one.

State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says the numbers are encouraging, but those who are not getting vaccinated include young children who are at high risk for complications.

The state offers free flu vaccine for people between the ages of six months and 18 years.

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