Last year’s flu season in South Carolina was a historically dangerous one, hospitalizing thousands and leading to the deaths of nearly 300 people. This year is not quite as bad, but it’s still a cause for concern according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).
As of mid-January, SC DHEC listed this year’s influenza outbreak as “moderate” compared to previous years, which still means widespread activity and hundreds of confirmed cases across the state. So far, a total of 19 people have lost their lives due to influenza-related illness. As always, the young, the sick and the elderly are the most susceptible when it comes to the flu.
SCHA encourages all South Carolinians to wash their hands frequently and, most importantly, get a flu shot. While not 100 percent effective, vaccines work best when more people are immunized from a virus which helps prevent it from spreading. So getting a flu shot each year not only provides protection for you, but also all of your colleagues, friends and loved ones around you.