Free influenza vaccine available for kids Friday at Aberdeen Civic Arena

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Press Release) – The Aberdeen Point of Dispensing (POD) is offering free seasonal influenza vaccine to all children 6 months through 18 years of age and college/university students.

The free flu clinic for children will be held at the Aberdeen Civic Arena (203 S Washington St, Aberdeen, SD 57401) on Friday, October 30th, 2020 from 3:30 to 6:00PM. The state is supplying the vaccine free of charge and there will be no administration fee at this vaccination clinic.

Parent/guardian consent is required for anyone under the age of 18.

Vaccinating children helps protect them from serious influenza illness and complications and decreases the spread of influenza in the community as children are often the biggest spreaders of influenza to adults and other children.

Based on a child’s history of receiving flu vaccine in the past several years, children under the age of 9 years may need 2 doses of vaccine this year separated by 4 weeks. The Aberdeen POD will be providing 1st doses only on Oct. 30th. Please check with your doctor’s office to determine whether your child needs an additional dose.

Please do NOT attend if on the day of the clinic:

  • You have been exposed within the last 2 weeks of an individual who is positive for COVID19,
  • You are positive for COVID19 and currently still in isolation,
  • You are sick including but limited to:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • New cough, shortness of breath, and/or difficulty breathing
    • New headaches, muscle/body aches, and/or unusual fatigue
    • New loss of taste/smell
    • Sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Aberdeen is one of 30 POD sites organized by the state to quickly get medications to a large population in an emergency. The POD sites receive funding from the South Dakota Department of Health through its federal preparedness grants. The free flu clinic for children and university students will serve as a test/exercise of the Aberdeen Area POD Plan.

We ask that you bring the 2020-2021 flu consent form completed to move through the line quickly. Please review the Vaccine Information Statement carefully and keep for future reference prior to completing the consent form.

Forms can be found at:

Please contact JoAnn Paulson, Aberdeen Area Point of Dispensing (POD) Consultant at 605-881-9245 or with any questions about the free flu vaccination clinic.