Flu bug spreads across South Dakota

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (KEVN) - The influenza season has finally become widespread in South Dakota. The state Department of Health made that announcement Friday.

There were 121 new cases of the disease were confirmed this week; including almost 20 people hospitalized and one death.

So far, there are 421 confirmed cases and two people have died in the season that began much earlier than previous years.

Based on numbers provided by the state health department, the flu typically peaks around the third week of February.

Children younger than 5, pregnant women and adults older than 65 should be careful to avoid the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

Rapid City Regional Hospital does not currently have any restrictions on visitors. However, they encourage anyone with flu symptoms to stay away.