With South Dakota experiencing widespread cases of flu and flu-related hospitalization rates climbing, the City of Sioux Falls Health Department, in partnership with local hospitals and health care systems, wants to remind people that it is not too late to be vaccinated against influenza.

Anyone older than six months of age who has not been vaccinated against the flu should be vaccinated as soon as possible. By getting your flu shot, you are protecting yourself and your loved ones by helping to prevent the spread of the flu.

Flu vaccine is the most effective protection against the flu. It is especially important for those who live with or care for people who are at high risk for flu-related complications to be immunized.

People who develop influenza-like symptoms, which include high fever, cough, severe body aches, fatigue, and runny nose, are encouraged to see their doctor as soon as symptoms develop for treatment that can help lessen the severity and duration of the illness. Please remember that people that are at high risk for complications include young children.

For information about the flu or where you can be vaccinated, you can contact Ask-A-Nurse (1-800-658-3535), My Sanford Nurse (333-4444), or your health care provider.

In addition, be aware of how to best prepare yourself from catching the virus. Also ways to avoid catching the flu.