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Flu season in full swing

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As of the second week of January, the CDC says 20 children have died from the flu.

A local doctor said the kids in South Dakota are not getting hit as hard as around the country, but says school and day care spreads the disease faster because they're all together.

If you or your child do get sick, doctors say to get to your doctor within 48 hours, in that window they could treat you.

But the CDC is recommending doctors not treat otherwise healthy patients who are between two and 65.

This is to protect the medicine they do have so it won't become resistant.

The best way to protect yourself, is prevention.

Doctors are still urging everyone to get a flu vaccine.

He says it's not too late to get one and it will still protect you.

And getting the shot will help everyone, not just you.

"Come in and get the vaccine because you're not only protecting yourself, you're protecting your family, maybe you have an elderly member in the household or someone who is immunocompromised for other reasons and so you can become a vector for those who are really at risk." Said Sanford Health Dr. Gary Steve Marckstadt. 

They never know when we've reached the peak of flu season until it's behind us.

There are websites you can use to track the flu in your area and get tips on how to stay healthy.

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