South Carolina has seen its first child flu death this flu season, according to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Health officials say the vaccine is normally $30. "Along with the rest of the country, SC is dealing with widespread flu activity", said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.
Overall, 10 people have died after being diagnosed with the flu in Houston and surrounding counties this season.
South Carolinians are encouraged to take the following preventive measures in addition to getting a flu shot.
When asked if residents should be scared in light of the flu's potency, Downes emphasized the same common sense approaches that apply even in years when the virus is much less severe. By comparison, there are six confirmed victims of flu between the ages of 50 and 64, three between the ages of 25 and 49, one between the ages of 19 and 24, and one between the ages of 5 and 17.
"For antiviral medications to be a good option, it is important to seek medical care quickly once you become ill", Harrist said.
"I can not stress enough the importance of getting the flu vaccine, exercising good hand hygiene, and staying home when sick", said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell in the release.
DHEC says the child died from complications associated with influenza infection.
The flu can be especially deadly to people with chronic health conditions, as well as the elderly and the very young. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. By doing so, you will help keep others from getting sick, too. Avoiding touching one's nose, mouth, and eyes also can be an effective precaution, she said, since germs can be spread this way. Use a tissue if one is handy.