About 300 people died in South Carolina during the last flu season.
The first death due to the influence of the 2018 season was reported on Thursday by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
"Unfortunately, an individual from the Lowcountry region died of complications due to the influence," The DHEC Director of Public Health, Dr. Lilian Peake, stated in a press release. "This is our first season death confirmed by the laboratory and influenced by influenza.Unfortunately, we see many deaths, hospitalizations and other serious complications of flu each year in South Carolina."
During the last influenza season, according to DHEC, there were 1
Symptoms of flu may include sudden onset of fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat and nasal congestion or suffocation, according to DHEC.
Overall, more than 80,000 people died of flu during last season, McClatchy reported. Most of those who died were over 65, according to estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control, reporting that most Americans do not receive influenza flu each year.
"The last flu season has been one of the worst in the last few years and emphasizes the importance of getting the flu shot," said Dr. Tracy Foo, DHEC Immunization Medical Advisor in a press release .
The most vulnerable to "severe flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people 65 and over and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease," according to Peake. He said that "even healthy people can have serious complications from the influence."
The best way to prevent flu is to get the flu shot, according to DHEC.
Despite this recommendation, over 61 percent of South Carolina residents did not have a flu shot last season, according to a study by Insurance Quotes.
"Influenza activity is unpredictable every year, so we have to prepare ourselves for several months of spreading the virus in our communities," Peake said in a press release. "The most common strains of the circulating influenza virus can change every year, so it is important to get the current flu vaccine every year for the best protection, so we strongly encourage people to get vaccinated now to prevent the flu. Influence and its potentially serious consequences The vaccine takes about two weeks to enhance the protection of the body against the virus. "
50-year-olds are among the groups" at greatest risk of complications from influenza ", reported the DHEC. Others at risk include young children and pregnant women.
In addition to a flu vaccination, DHEC encourages SC residents to do the following to prevent the spread of the disease:
▪ While you're sick, restricts contact with others as much as possible to avoid infecting them
▪ Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw the fabric into the trash after using it. If a fabric is not available, use the elbow hook
▪ Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based wipe