Health officials say first flu case reported in South Dakota

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2017

According to IH, about 12,200 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die from influenza or its complications every year.

You can help yourself and those around you stay healthy, prevent illness and potentially save lives in one easy step - by getting your annual flu shot. The best way to avoid influenza is to get a flu shot, IH says. Last season, almost 54 percent of South Dakotans got a flu shot, the second highest vaccination rate in the nation.

Health officials said it is especially important for children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic illnesses. "However, influenza is different - it is a serious infection of the airways that can be quite severe".

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus infecting the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis, hospitalization, or even death.

Influenza spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes. "If you are sick, stay home, and keep sick children away from daycares and schools", said Dr. Kling. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common.

Flu vaccines can be obtained at local pharmacies and primary care physicians' offices or health centers.

South Dakota health officials are reporting the first flu case of the season.

Interior Health's public clinics for those who are eligible for a free flu shot will begin in early November.

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