Peak influenza season is just around the corner
The flu season is upon us and is expected to peak around the first week in February. So far this season, 18 confirmed cases of influenza have resulted in six hospitalizations in the Gregory area. The state of South Dakota had 622 new confirmed cases of influenza reported last week, bringing the total to 2,188 confirmed cases so far this season with a total of 74 hospitalizations and three deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nationwide, there have been at least 13 million flu illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations, and 6,600 deaths from the respiratory flu.
Sarah Sperl, RN manager and Infection Control Officer at Avera Gregory Hospital said that the best prevention against the flu is the flu shot. Anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot already is encouraged to do so immediately, as it takes two weeks to fully take effect. Flu shots are available at the clinic and pharmacy for anyone who hasn’t already gotten one this season.
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