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Davison County records first flu death of season

Davison County has recorded its first flu death of the year, according to statistics released Friday by the South Dakota Department of Health. During the week ending Feb. 10, a Davison County resident between the ages of 50 and 64 died as a resul...

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Public health officials say there's still plenty of time to get a flu shot. Peak flu season usually arrives in January or February. Shown are immunization nurse Cheryl Wavrin of Fargo Cass Public Health, right, and Theresa Orecchia. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Davison County has recorded its first flu death of the year, according to statistics released Friday by the South Dakota Department of Health.

During the week ending Feb. 10, a Davison County resident between the ages of 50 and 64 died as a result of the flu, bringing the season total of flu-related deaths statewide to 19. All of the other deaths have been among people older than 64, according to the DOH.

In the same time period, there were 53 flu-related hospitalizations in South Dakota, five of which were in Davison County. The number of weekly hospitalizations has continually decreased since mid-January.

Other area counties that have recorded flu-related deaths are Douglas and Charles Mix.

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