In The Moment ... February 9, 2017 Show 027 Hour 2

Patrick Baker and Jim Speirs to talk about arts advocacy the state and preview the Governor's Awards for the Arts.

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Dr. Daniel Petereit developed the NCI-funded Walking Forward (WF) Program in 2002. WF was developed to address the high cancer incidence and mortality rates that American Indians (AIs) suffer who live in Western South Dakota.

SD Has First Confirmed Flu Case

Oct 23, 2015

South Dakota has its first confirmed flu case of the season. A Marshall County resident in the 70 to 79 age group was hospitalized with influenza A. Colleen Winter with the state Department of Health says everyone six months and older should get vaccinated

“Flu vaccine is available in your communities,” Winter says. “And that’s the best line of defense. So our message is reach out to your healthcare provider, your healthcare professional, some of the pharmacies are providing vaccines, but now’s the time to get vaccinated.”

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

Nov 24, 2014

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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Cold And Flu Season Is Not Over Yet

Mar 12, 2013

If you and your family are plagued by the flu or a nasty cold that won’t let go you are not alone.   
State health officials say the flu is now on a downward trend after a peak in January.     But they add that this cold and flu season is worse than previous years.  
On Tuesday the Lennox Schools District had 30 of its 400 elementary students out sick.   School officials say the problem was worse last week with twice that many out due to illness.     
Superintendent Dr. Robert Mayer says the school is also taking extra precautionary measures.

The South Dakota Department of Health has reported the first influenza death of the season. The person was elderly and from Pennington County. The individual had Influenza B and was hospitalized. Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist and says we have an early flu season this year and it is very important to get vaccinated. Kightlinger adds that there are other things that can be done to stop the spread of the flu virus.

Early Flu Cases

Nov 20, 2012

South Dakota had its first confirmed case of influenza in October, a month earlier than expected by medical experts.  State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the first cases typically crop up closer to Thanksgiving and peak in February and March.  The most recent South Dakota Department of Health report has 68 cases of influenza confirmed across the state.  Kightlinger talks about the early cases, whooping cough and this summer's spike in West Nile on today's Dakota Midday.

Flu Virus Already in South Dakota

Sep 28, 2012

The new flu vaccine is here and health care offices across the state are encouraging residents to come in and get vaccinated. South Dakota already has four confirmed cases of influenza this year. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, South Dakotans need to be proactive in preventing the flu.