Avera in Pierre & Yankton seeing increase in urgent care due to repiratory illness

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR & WNAX)- Health officials are expecting a large increase in upper respiratory illness cases as flu season nears.  Jenna Schiefelbein is a physician assistant with Avera Medical Group in Pierre says the lines of people seeking urgent care are routinely extending outside the clinic building.

South Dakota, being the middle of the country, generally follows the trends seen on the country’s coasts.  Schiefelbein says the 2022 cold and flu season could be more aggressive than past years.

Schiefelbein says if you’re seeking treatment at urgent care for an illness, expect a wait when walking in.

Schiefelbein says anyone who is eligible for a vaccine, whether for Covid-19 or the flu should strongly consider getting a vaccine to try and mitigate the risk of serious illness needing care.

Liz Healy, infection control specialist at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, says they are seeing rapid rises in RSV cases.

Healy says its best to avoid RSV and other illnesses if possible.

Healy says the only cure is time and treating the symptoms.

Healy says its also a good idea to get a flu shot and any necessary Covid-19 booster shots.