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It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself

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The flu got an early start this winter.

Usually it's just starting to peak around this time.

KSFY News spoke with a doctor this afternoon to see if the worst is over.

We've heard a lot about the flu this season and the importance of getting a shot.

We spoke with one doctor who told us part of this year's panic came from the shear number of cases of people testing positive for the flu virus.

The good news is the severity of the flu is not as bad as in years past.

The flu season peaked early this year, in December.

Doctor Kirsten Stotz said there could be a resurgence in February and March so we should still be concerned.

"What I'm seeing in my clinic, we have had several people testing positive. I don't think the severity has been very acute but there are people who have required hospitalization, usually that's because of complications related to the flu, not necessarily the flu itself. Of course, unfortunately we have had some deaths in the area so it is something we still want to be quite cautious about," Dr. Stotz said.

the state reported four flu deaths for the week ending January 26th.

The South Dakota Department of Health will release the latest flu stats on Friday.

But Doctor Stotz credits the states high vaccination rate of more than fifty percent at keeping our numbers lower than neighboring states.

The CDC has released some recent influenza statistics.

South Dakota is now at a low level of activity in outpatient visits for flu-like illness.

Minnesota and Iowa are seeing moderate numbers.

While Nebraska is still seeing high activity for the flu.

 

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