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Number of flu cases in South Carolina steadily on the rise

DHEC says nearly 100 people have already been hospitalized this flu season

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –More and more people across the state are starting to come down with the flu. Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says nearly 100 people have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms already this year. “We had our first flu-associated death that was reported in the Upstate a few weeks ago, and…

Where to get your free vaccinations before flu season hits

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — Like it or not, flu season is right around the corner and you want to make sure are ready before it starts making the rounds. Influenza activity typically starts to increase in October and peaks between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC says about eight percent of Americans get the flu each…

DHEC confirms first Flu related Death in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–  Health officials on Thursday confirmed South Carolina’s first flu related death.   According to a release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, a person in the region of the Lowcountry died from complications due to the flu.   Dr. Lilian Peake, DHEC director of public health, said “This is our first lab-confirmed, influenza-associated death…

How this season’s flu shot compares to past years

Last season's flu shot only reduced flu risk by 20%.

ATLANTA, GA (WOLO) — How effective is this season’s flu vaccine? Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say so far it’s working pretty well. The CDC says this season’s vaccine cuts the chance of getting the flu by nearly 60%. That makes it one of the most effective flu vaccines in recent years. By comparison, last season’s…