Flu bug batters US; South Dakota not immune

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It's flu season and this season is one of the worst the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen in recent years.

The CDC reported that the flu is the most widespread outbreak in decades.

It started on the East Coast, and now it has made its way to South Dakota. In the state, there are 753 confirmed cases of the flu and six flu related deaths.

Dr. Terry Hinkson from Regional Hospital in Rapid City says one of the reasons for the outbreak is the flu shot not being as effective this year.

"The CDC tries to prepare for what influenza is going to be around the world. Some years they do very well in making a vaccine that covers it all," said Hinkson. "This year the vaccine is not as good as it has been in some other years. So because of that, people will come down with it more."

Hinkson says it is still important to get the flu shot. He also says always remember to wash your hands, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and if you or someone in your family does not feel well, make sure to stay home.

He also says germs can be carried through clothes that do not get washed as often, such as gloves, scarves and ties.