With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

by Joy Montgomery January 19, 2018, 2:44
With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

So far this season, 24 people have died from the flu in SC, according to DHEC's latest week-to-week flu report.

Experts say that 288 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 1,141.

According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017.

For the week ending January 6, the county reported 278 laboratory-confirmed cases and 66 hospitalizations. Those who are at a higher risk of flu complications such as children younger than 5-years-old, pregnant women, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions should especially get a flu shot. All the deaths statewide are in the age group 50 and older. There has been one flu death in Ashtabula County.

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"Unfortunately, as in years past, we are seeing increasing flu activity and the heartbreaking consequences it can have", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth.

The flu outbreak has also forced at least 11 school districts in Texas and Oklahoma to shut down, including two in North Texas. Getting the flu can be serious.

DHEC continues to urge individuals to get a flu vaccine to help curb the influenza virus.


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