PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – De Dakota has recorded its first influenza death of the season.
The state Department of Health said on Monday the person who died was Pennington County living in the 60 to 69 age group. In order to protect the patient's confidentiality, no other information was released.
The state epidemiologist, Dr. Joshua Clayton, says that the death reminds that flu "can be a very serious illness." Clayton says it's not too late to get rid of flu.
Clayton says that flu activity in South Dakota is currently spatially distributed. To date, the state reported 35 cases of confirmed laboratory flu and eight flu-related hospitals.
Each year, an average of 33 South Dakotan deaths are reported to the Department of Health following flu infections. Annual flu vaccine is recommended to all people aged 6 months and over.
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