Close to 130 flu deaths in S.C. this year

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Have you, or someone you know, gotten sick with the flu? It has been a very popular virus this winter, as an alarming number of people are suffering from it.

There is evidence of the prevalence of the flu in the long waits for a doctor’s appointment and the endless lines at the pharmacy. The S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control has has published statistics to help paint a picture of what is going on.

As of late last week, there have been 99,791 reported influenza cases in the state. In addition to the reported flu cases, there have been 3,412 reported influenza hospitalizations, and 128 influenza-associated deaths.  Not all people with symptoms are going to the doctor to get treated, so the data published is from only the reported cases.

There are two options for flu vaccine: the nasal spray or the shot. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the nasal spray should not be used this flu season. The shot, according to the CDC, is a much safer alternative when trying to prevent the virus. Visit the SC DHEC website under the “health” tab http://www.scdhec.gov/index.htm to get more information about the flu.

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