Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State health officials say nine people have died from the flu in South Carolina in the past week.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control said the deaths during the second of January mean that two dozen people have died from influenza this season, which started in October.
Walmart is trying to help curb America’s opioid crisis.
The retail chain said Wednesday that its pharmacies will offer a free kit that allows patients to safely throw out unused opioid prescription pills at home. The packet, called DisposeRx, dissolves pills into a biodegradable gel.
More than three-quarters of South Carolina children insured by BlueCross BlueShield received their recommended vaccines for measles, mumps, hepatitis B and other infectious diseases between 2010 and 2016, even as a growing number of parents refuse to vaccinate their children, a new national report shows.
In this state, 77.8 percent of these children were appropriately vaccinated, compared to 73.5 percent nationally.