State health officials say influenza has come early to South Dakota.
State epidemiologist Don Kightlinger says already this season, four cases have been confirmed, all in children. He adds that the vaccine is readily available this year and that "now is a good time to be vaccinated."
According to a state news release Thursday, about 51 percent of South Dakotans over age 6 months were vaccinated last season. The state gives children between 6 months and 18 years old free vaccines.
Kightlinger also implores that people use common sense to stop the flu from spreading, such as by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing and sneezing and staying home when sick.
Most Popular Today
Bridgestone-Firestone Recalls Over 36,000 Truck Tires
Damaged iPhones Can Be Traded For Credit
How Much Money Will Super Bowl 50 Bring Its Host City?
- 4.Retail & Restaurants
Consumer Alert: BBB Valentine's Day Tips For Your Heart And Wallet
The Super Bowl Ad Game: Celebrities, Animals And Humor