In The Moment ... February 5, 2018 Show 270 Hour 2

South Dakota state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton provides the current influenza update, and we discuss why South Dakotans resist calling in sick to work.

In The Moment ... January 18, 2018 Show 258 Hour 2

It's January in South Dakota, and this year's flu season has South Dakotans suffering. Dr. Richard Holm discusses winter ailments, from influenza to dry skin to frostbite.

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In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

Dr. Josh Clayton is the state's new epidemiologist. He joins us for an overview of his role, an update on the current flu season, and thoughts on South Dakota's infant mortality rate and opioid use statistics.

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.”

Avian flu is spreading across the country, and it’s shown up at six South Dakota turkey operations. Those farms are in counties including Beadle, Kingsbury, McCook, McPherson, Roberts and Spink. The virus moves rapidly when birds catch the H5N2 strain.

Avian flu viruses commonly exist in wild bird populations, and the latest version is spreading onto farms. It hits quickly. John Clifford is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA.

Centers for Disease Control

Along with parties and presents, the holiday season can also bring the flu. In the most recent report for the week ending December 6th, influenza activity in South Dakota was rated as "sporadic,” among the lowest in the country.

H1N1 Flu Back In South Dakota

Jan 6, 2014

The lethal H1N1 flu has returned to South Dakota. But health officials currently classify the spread of H1N1 at a low level in South Dakota. It is widespread in 10 states - Wyoming, Kansas, Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health, says the virus is a similar strain to the lethal mutation of influenza that swept across the state and nation in 2009-10.

Today, South Dakota’s three largest hospitals jointly announced that they are taking a step to protect individuals from a dangerous and contagious disease. Starting this flu season, Avera, Sanford and Regional Health will require yearly vaccinations against influenza for all employees, health care providers and volunteers.

Doctor David Klocke is with Regional Health.