Nine flu-related deaths reported in a week in SC

Grant Boone
January 10, 2020

Niagara Public Health says the more than 200 cases we've had so far since the season began in late October is "typical" in comparison to other years.

You can find more information on the flu vaccine and where to get it in SC on the DHEC website.

Kentucky's current flu activity level is widespread and the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Kentucky as one of the highest states for reported flu cases.

Windsor-Essex has its first confirmed death related to the flu.

Officials add that it's not too late to get the flu shot but residents who've yet to do so should act fast, as it takes "about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection".

While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, Propes said those who receive the flu shot are better protected than those who do not receive it and are also more likely to experience less severe symptoms if they were to end up catching influenza.

Individuals that are at most risk for getting severely ill from the flu are young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older. Many people in vulnerable groups are also visited by friends and relatives.

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Baptist Health is asking visitors to use caution and to not visit the hospital if they have flu symptoms.

Wash your hands properly after touching any commonly touched surfaces - such as door handles, water coolers, communal keyboards/keypads and light switches.

Avoid sharing cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth. Germs are often spread this way.

Otherwise healthy individuals infected with flu virus may recover within a few days by resting, hydrating and letting their body fight off the virus on its own, Propes said, but it's important to stay vigilant.

Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used tissues.

Vaccinations against the flu are publicly funded and are available at doctor's offices and pharmacies.

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