User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


14° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Warm Weather Keeping The Flu At Bay

January 10, 2012, 6:05 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Warm Weather Keeping The Flu At Bay
SIOUX FALLS, SD - So far, this year's flu season has been fairly mild in South Dakota. Eight cases have been reported to the State Health Department.

Compare that to last flu season when there were 43 at this time. Two years ago, during the H1N1 pandemic, there were almost 1,900 people who had suffered from the flu.

But doctors say we could still have a very serious flu season.

Jean McGee, like many people, has been spending a lot of time outside, enjoying the nice weather.

"I go out on walks. And I sometimes sit out and read on my lunch hour and sit in the sun. It feels really good," McGee said.

Not only do the warm temperatures feel good, but by spending time outside, you could be avoiding illnesses, such as the flu.

"One of the theories is that as the cold weather hits, people congregate more inside, and because the influenza viruses are shed primarily within a three to six foot perimeter around us, that over time, as you cohort people together, you're going to start getting transmission," Sanford Infectious Disease Doctor Wendell Hoffman said.

Just as our recent nice weather doesn't mean we'll see good temperatures for the next couple months, Dr. Hoffman also says our flu season could take a turn for the worse.

"The one thing we know about influenza viruses, the influenza group, is they're unpredictable," Hoffman said.

That's why Dr. Hoffman encourages people to arm themselves against the flu by getting a flu shot, even though we're a couple months into the flu season.

"Influenza is considered a deadly virus, even in otherwise healthy people. And we've seen it take down completely healthy individuals," Hoffman said.

And flu season is exactly what McGee hopes to avoid, even though she knows she won't be able to avoid colder temperatures.

"It doesn't bother me at all that we haven't had snow," McGee said.

So far no one in South Dakota has died from the flu this season. All eight people reported to have battled the flu were hospitalized.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Stroller Recall Due To Amputation Hazard

11/20/2014 9:45 AM

More than four million strollers sold in the United States are part of a recall.

Full Story
Sanford Named As SD's Designated Ebola Hospital

11/21/2014 11:03 AM

According to the Department of Health, Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls will serve as the state's facility for Ebola patients.

Full Story
Hospital, SD Settle Over Improper Medicaid Claims

11/26/2014 1:47 PM

A South Dakota hospital and the state's attorney general have reached a settlement over improper Medicaid claims.

Full Story
Sanford Named Ebola Treatment Center

11/21/2014 5:42 PM

The Sanford USD Medical Center has been designated as South Dakota's Ebola treatment facility. The Department of Health made the announcement Frid...

Full Story | Watch
Medical Marijuana Supporters Gather For Discussion

11/22/2014 6:11 PM

This morning, supporters gathered in downtown Sioux Falls looking to put together efforts to legalize Medical Marijuana in the state after unsuccessfu...

Full Story | Watch


Events