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South Dakota records the 1st flu season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has registered its first flu death of the season. The State Department of Health…

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has registered its first flu death of the season.

The State Department of Health said Monday that person who died was a Pennington County residing in the age of 60-69 years. To protect the patient’s confidentiality, no other information was released.

State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says death is a reminder that the flu “can be a very serious disease”. Clayton says it’s not too late to get an influenza virus.

Clayton says that influenza activity in South Dakota is classified as sporadic. So far, the state has reported 35 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza and eight influenza-related hospitals.

An average of 33 sacked Dakotanian deaths are reported to the health department every year after influenza infections. An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 years and older.

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