The Department of Health says as the flu season begins, Rapid City is coughing and aching worse than any other city in South Dakota. Health officials have recorded 131 cases of influenza in the state as of December 14.
There has been one death in South Dakota this season. Officials say the person died in Minnehaha County in October and was in their 70s. Thirty-eight people died last season and all but four were older than 65.
The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state 104 have been hospitalized so far this season. The CDC recommends washing your hands or using hand sanitizer often.
The best way you can protect yourself from any illness this time of year is by getting the flu shot and practicing good hygiene. If you do end up getting sick, health experts recommend staying at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.