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(SD)-SD Records First Flu Death Of The Season

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/26/2018 11:08 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -  A Pennington County resident in the 60-69 age group is South Dakota’s first death of the 2018–2019 flu season. The state Dept of Health says the person's identity is not be released to protect patient confidentiality.

     State epidemiologist Dr Joshua Clayton says flu activity in South Dakota is currently "sporadic," with 35 lab-confirmed cases of flu and 8 flu-related hospitalizations.

      Clayton says the death "serves as a reminder that influenza can be a very serious illness,” adding that it's not too late to get vaccinated for this flu season
 
     South Dakota has an average of 33 flu-related deaths each year with an annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, especially pregnant women, children under 5, people over 65, and those with chronic medical conditions.


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