DHEC: South Carolina suffers first flu-associated death of the season

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the state has suffered its flu-related death of the season.

"Sadly, an individual from the Upstate region has become our first lab-confirmed, influenza-associated death of the season,"  DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant Teresa Foo said. "Unfortunately we see many deaths, hospitalizations and other serious complications of flu each year in South Carolina."

Foo advised that young children, people over 65 years or older and people with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease have a high risk of flu-related symptoms.

DHEC advised people to take the following preventative measures:

  • style="margin-left:0in;">Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • style="margin-left:0in;">While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • style="margin-left:0in;">Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, use the crook of your elbow.
  • style="margin-left:0in;">Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Anyone who wants a flu vaccine can call 1-800-868-0404 or find a flu vaccine location on the DHEC website..

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