With the weather set to cool any day now, flu season isn't far behind. State epidemiologists confirm four children in South Dakota have confirmed cases of influenza.
Luckily, many Rapid City area schools report they aren't seeing a large number of students falling ill.
With a student population of roughly 600, North Middle school is averaging 15 sick students a day- up about 5 from their usual daily average.
Many elementary schools are reporting similar or even slightly lower illness-related absence figures.
But school nurses say its hard to pinpoint if those kids are getting the flu or just a seasonal bug. They urge parents to get their kids a flu shot as soon as possible.
"Anyone older than 8 or 9 only needs one dose. And our flu shot this year covers 3 strains of flu. H1N1 being one of those," said Susan Keltes.
South Dakota has one of the best flu vaccination rates in the country at 51%.
Your child can get their flu shot for free during one of four vaccine clinics sponsored by the Rapid City school district.
Vaccination Clinic Schedule:
October 18 - Knollwood Elementary Gym
November 1 - East Middle School—Room 180
November 8 - Stevens High—9th Lunch Room
November 13 - South Middle School—Old Gym