According to IH, about 12,200 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die from influenza or its complications every year.
"The best ways to help protect yourself and those around you from influenza are to get immunized, wash your hands frequently, and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue".
The province said immunization is especially important for those who are at high risk of serious illness from the flu and those who are in close contact with people at high risk. Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough. Last season, almost 54 percent of South Dakotans got a flu shot, the second highest vaccination rate in the nation. "If you are sick, stay home, and keep sick children away from daycares and schools", said Dr. Kling. Even healthy people can get sick with the flu and have serious complications. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common.
The Department of Health says the influenza A case involves a Lawrence County resident in his or her 20s.
Seniors are also advised to get a pneumococcal vaccine, available for free to people older than age 65 and other eligible people who are at an increased risk of infection.
Interior Health also reminds the public that during the influenza season visitors who have not had a flu shot are required to wear a mask when visiting Interior Health hospitals, health centres and residential care facilities, including contracted facilities.