South Dakota Dept of Health reports first flu-related death of 2023-24 flu season

November 10, 2023

PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting the first influenza death of the 2023-24 season, a Minnehaha County resident in the 80-89 age group.

Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health said, “taking preventative measures like regularly washing hands, covering your cough, and getting vaccinated against flu will protect you and your family.”

Clayton noted it is still early in the flu season with only 32 lab-confirmed flu cases and three hospitalizations reported; however, an average of 35 South Dakotan deaths are reported each year.