Sanford Sheldon Recommends Flu Shots

Sheldon, Iowa — Flu season is on the way. And the Centers for Disease Control say that an annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu as well as flu-related complications that could lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death.
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Influenza is among the most common respiratory illnesses in the United States, infecting millions of people every flu season. Every year, flu spreads across the country, from person to person, among families and communities. The severity of flu illness can vary from mild to severe. When severe, flu complications can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. And each year it’s estimated that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of flu-related complications.

Dr. Amy Badberg with Sanford Sheldon says that they recommend that everyone get a flu shot.

She tells us where you can get a flu shot.

She says the pharmacies also have flu vaccine available, and Dr. Badberg says it doesn’t really matter where you get your flu shot, as long as you get one.

Health experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. Dr. Badberg says there is a very small number of people for whom they do not recommend getting the flu vaccine.

The CDC says that over the years, the number of people recommended for flu vaccination has grown steadily as experts have learned more about who is at high risk for flu complications or who bears the greatest burden of illness and is likely to spread flu in the community.

Flu Vaccination Clinics Offered Through Sanford Sheldon


Mondays 5-6:30 p.m.

(by appointment only no Medicaid or Iowa Wellness)

October 12th
October 19th
October 26th


(by appointment only no Medicaid or Iowa Wellness)

October 7th 8-Noon
October 14th 8-Noon
October 21st 1-5 p.m
October 28th 1-5 p.m
November 4th 8-Noon
November 11th 1-5
November 18th 1-5


Mondays in November  1-5 p.m

(by appointment only no Medicaid or Iowa Wellness)

November 2nd
November 9th
November 16th
November 23rd
November 30th


Iowa Wellness/Medicaid

Sanford Sheldon has set aside the following dates for all Iowa Wellness/Medicaid patients:

October 14th
October 20th
October 29th
November 4th
November 10th



(by appointment only no Medicaid or Iowa Wellness)

October 12th 3-5 p.m.
October 19th 8-10 a.m
October 30th 3-5 p.m

October 6th 3-5 p.m
October 14th 5:30-7:30p.m.

All Medicaid/Iowa Wellness insurance clients will need to make an appointment with a provider.  Please call (712) 324-5356 to schedule.  For patients with Medicare and private insurances, bring your identification card.

For questions regarding a Sanford Sheldon flu shot, please call (712) 324-5356.

Flags At Half Staff To Honor Oregon Shooting Victims

Washington, DC — Flags are flying at half-staff in Iowa and across the country as a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence in Roseburg, Oregon.
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President Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. He also said the flag should be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations, as a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon.

Flags elsewhere are also asked to be flown at half-staff as a sign of respect.

UPDATED — Sheldon Emergency Responders Called To Crash

accident wordSheldon, Iowa — A Sanborn teen was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in the aftermath of a single-vehicle rollover accident in east Sheldon Sunday evening.

Sheldon Police say the crash happened shortly after 10 pm Sunday when a 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by 17-year old Travis Sterler of Sanborn was eastbound on East 6th Street.  Sterler told police he had fallen asleep at the wheel, causing his car to drift to the right.  Police say the right front wheel of the car hit the curb ramp on the east end of the driveway at 2100 East 6th Street, then continued on, striking a brick and mortar mailbox, before overturning in the roadway.

Sterler was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by SCAT with undetermined injuries.

Damage to Sterler’s Pontiac was estimated at $6,000, while damage to the mailbox, owned by Thomas Worley, was estimated at $1500.  Sterler was cited for Failure To Maintain Control.

The Sheldon Police Department was assisted at the scene by Sheldon Firefighters, SCAT and the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency.


Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover injury accident in town on Sunday night.

According to on-scene reports, the car hit a mailbox and flipped in the middle of the street.

The Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Emergency Management and Sheldon Police responded to the call, about 10:15 PM on Sunday night. The accident happened on Sixth Street, south of the football field.

One male victim with unknown injuries was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

United Fund Donors Add Over $4000 To Total

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2015 Sheldon United Fund Drive is underway and will continue through the rest of the year. The goal this year is $31,000.
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The funds are now up to $11,139.

The fund drive is now 24% finished. The funds are at about 36% of goal. Nearly $20,000 has yet to be raised. To finish on goal, the drive now needs to average nearly $1,600 per week through the rest of the year. In the last week, donors gave $4,435.

Contributions may be left at any of the four Sheldon banks, or you can also send them to PO Box 41, Sheldon. Essays explaining each organization are available at the banks.

Each week we’re mentioning a few of the organizations that benefit from your donations. This time the list includes:

  • Rise Ministries, Inc.
  • Sheldon Ministerial Association
  • Sheldon Prairie Museum
  • Sanford Sheldon Home Health & Hospice
  • Sheldon Trails Committee

The United Fund will be assisting 25 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities this year, and they thank you for your contribution.

Sheldon FFA Students Attend Soil Judging Clinic

ffaSheldon, Iowa — Ten members of the Sheldon FFA attended the Iowa Lakes Community College soil judging clinic in Emmetsburg, that was held recently.

While there they judged three pits and then went to three different informational pits where they learned how to judge.  The top four people from Sheldon: Kendra Roetman, Rebecca Beldt, Haley Wagenaar, and Marshall Kleinhesselink, then moved on to judge soil at districts in Sioux City.

They judged four pits while at districts, and then took a written test.  Rebecca Beldt scored the highest out of the four students that went, Marshall Kleinhesselink got second, Kendra Roetman got third and Haley Wagenaar got fourth.  As a team they got 10th out of 22.  Rebecca Beldt got 25th
overall.  The kids say they had an awesome and fun day that day and learned a great deal.

Artisans Road Trip Is This Weekend

Artisans Road Trip LogoNorthwest Iowa — The 2015 Artisans Road Trip is scheduled for this Saturday, October 10th, and Sunday, October 11th.

We talked to Beth Cathcart of the Artisans Road Trip, and she told us how the event got started.

Cathcart says the Artisans Road Trip is a tour in which several northwest Iowa artists open their studios to visitors so that visitors can see what they do, and how they do it.

She says that the artists who open their studios for the Artisans Road Trip work in a wide variety of media.

Cathcart says that, for more information about the artists, their works, or the location of the studios included in the road trip, you can visit the group’s website.

Again, that website is

Hours for this weekend’s Artisans Road Trip are 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.