South Dakota records 1st flu death of season
South Dakota has recorded its first flu death of the season.
The state Department of Health said Monday the person who died was a Pennington County resident in the 60-to-69 age group. To protect patient confidentiality, no other information was released.
State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says the death is a reminder that influenza "can be a very serious illness." Clayton says it's not too late to get a flu shot.
Clayton says flu activity in South Dakota is currently classified as sporadic. So far, the state has reported 35 lab-confirmed cases of flu and eight flu-related hospitalizations.
Each year, an average of 33 South Dakotan deaths are reported to the Health Department following influenza infections. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.
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