- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has its first confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The state Health Department says a case of influenza A was confirmed in a Pennington County resident who is in his or her 20s.

The first influenza hospitalization was reported in a Potter County resident in same age group. The person was confirmed with influenza B.

The department is urging state residents to get a flu shot. Last year, about 57 percent of South Dakotans got a flu vaccine, the highest vaccination rate in the nation for the third straight year.

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