According to Patti Swenson, Avera Medical Center Milbank Clinic Director, and Johanna Fischer, Milbank Middle/High School Nurse, influenza A and B and strep throat are the the most prevalent illnesses in the Milbank area now. Swenson says, “We are seeing a lot of cases right now, but it is not any higher than last season. In our five clinics, we have given about 2,400 flu shots this year.” Mono is also being reported, but not as much as last season.
Swenson and Fischer both advise you to stay home if you are sick. “Please use your common sense and stay home,” they agreed. Their advice also includes: avoid close contact with those who are sick; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing; wash your hands frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and practice general good health habits.