First Flu-Related Death Confirmed In South Carolina, How To Protect Yourself

Henrietta Strickland
November 17, 2017

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported their first flu-related death of the season Thursday.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday the death happened in the Upstate.

So far this year, three people have died from influenza A. There have been 445 cases, compared to 112 for the last three years.

While health experts urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated every year, they say it's especially important for pregnant women, children younger than five, adults 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.

"But even healthy people can have serious complications from the flu", she said. "It is the best way to prevent the flu".

OSDH reports 63 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September.

The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for anyone who could transmit the flu to individuals who are at high risk of complications.


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"Flu activity is unpredictable each year, so we need to prepare for several months of the virus circulating in our communities", Foo said. "So we are more recommended highly to get the vaccination", said Powers.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.

The flu shot is available at many pharmacies, from your family doctor from Public Health.

If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow.

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