Flu Continues to be Widespread in State

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Flu in South Dakota continues to be classified as “widespread” by the South Dakota Department of Health.  The latest weekly flu summary showed that this flu season has brought more than 770 lab confirmed cases of influenza and 272 hospitalizations.  25 people have succumbed to flu.  South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says this flu season has been an especially tough one in South Dakota.

Kightlinger says each year, the flu strain differs.

Kightlinger says work is underway right now to develop a vaccine for next year’s influenza season-based on samplings of flu-type that is currently circulating.

Kightlinger says the vaccine has been a good match for the circulating virus this season.  He says though getting the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective, it’s the best weapon available for fighting influenza.   Influenza is a viral respiratory illness marked by the sudden onset of fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. It spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, sending the virus into the air.  Kightlinger spoke about flu and other topics yesterday on the Dakota News Network’s South Dakota Perspective.

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