SD Sees Early & Harsher Flu Season
South Dakota’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Lon Kightlinger is saying overall it's been an early year and harsher year for the flu, but it’s looking like it's on the downswing.
“Generally this type of thing comes with a bell curve, so you’re going to see a peak and then things are going to settle back out. I don’t think that we'll probably have another peak or resurgence of it in the community,” says Michelle Hagen, a Physician Assistant with Regional Urgent Care.
Kightlinger says the flu has been in South Dakota since mid-November and has been full blown across the state since.
This year South Dakota has seen more hospitalizations and confirmed cases than last year as well as an increase to 25 deaths due to influenza.
In Pennington County there have been 152 confirmed cases of the flu, 42 hospitalizations, and four deaths.
Doctors also remind you to wash your hands regularly and stay away from those who are infected with the flu, and to get the flu shot if you have not already.