Flu on the rise in South Dakota
December 31. 2013 6:00AM
The flu season is beginning to ramp up in South Dakota, with focal points of Yankton and the Rapid City area.
State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger said the virus will move statewide sooner than usual this winter season, the Yankton Press and Dakotan reported. It probably will move from Yankton up to Soux Falls, Vermillion, Mitchell and Pierre, he said.
As of the latest report Dec. 21, South Dakota has had 68 laboratory culture-confirmed cases and 267 cases confirmed with preliminary tests.
Residents shouldn’t wait to get their flu shots because it takes about two weeks for the immune response to build up, Kightlinger said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has South Dakota’s spread classified as “local.”