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Forty-two people in South Carolina have died from the flu since September

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Forty-two people in South Carolina have died from the flu since the season started in September.

Usually, it's the very young and elderly who are most at risk during flu season.

But this week, we found out a 34-year-old died from the flu at MUSC.

According to State Health Department records, 13 of the flu deaths in the state were people between the ages of 18 and 49.

Sixteen more people between the ages of 50 and 64 have died since the season started.

As the peak of the flu season rears its head, people like Mary Moore are heading to the doctor to get a flu shot.

It was a first for Moore to get the vaccine.

"Every year, I did not think the flu would happen to me. So I did not have the shot," Mary Moore said.

Such is the case for many people, according to Dr. Cassandra Salgado with MUSC.

Dr. Salgado says usually the very young and the older population are affected the most by the flu.

The state is seeing fewer cases of influenza this year compared to last season, according to Dr. Salgado. But this year, they're also seeing a larger number of complications, hospitalizations and deaths.

This season, there have been more than 21,000 confirmed cases across the state and 600 flu cases just in Charleston alone.

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