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DHEC in the News: Flu

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

DHEC reports 22 more flu deaths in South Carolina’s 8th week of widespread influenza

Twenty-two new flu-related deaths were reported in South Carolina in the last week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday, showing a decline in deaths compared with previous weeks.

But Dr. Ludwig Lettau, an infectious disease specialist with Trident Health, said he doesn’t think the flu has let up yet this year.

People should get the flu shot if they have not yet, he said.

Flu season still running strong

Flu season is still going strong, and the statewide flu-related death toll has now topped 100.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday that last week there were 18,726 new cases statewide, 518 hospitalizations and 22 reported flu deaths.

While each of those weekly numbers is down slightly from the previous week, Greenville, Spartanburg and Union counties bucked the trend.

SC remains hot spot for the flu, though this week offers reason for cautious optimism

It remains a nuisance, but the flu’s momentum locally and statewide waned a bit over the past week, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reports.

More than 18,700 new flu cases were confirmed statewide, down by about 7.5 percent compared to last week’s total. Of those, 1,270 were reported in Horry County, while another 482 were confirmed in Georgetown County.

At last, flu cases trending down

Flu deaths and new cases finally are trending down across the state, raising hopes that flu season may have peaked, state officials said Thursday.

DHEC: Percentage of flu deaths drops during the first week of February

Columbia, S.C. (WPDE) — South Carolina has started off the month of February with it’s eighth consecutive week of widespread flu activity.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 31, the total number of flu-related deaths was 84.

Here’s what to do if you get sick with the flu

No one wants to get the flu. The contagious respiratory illness can range from being mild to severe and can cause you to miss work or school. It also can lead to hospitalization — or even death.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

In the unfortunate event that you get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider.

The CDC recommends you follow these steps if you get sick:

Take Antivirals Drugs, if prescribed by a doctor. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter. They can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with the flu (for example, people who are in the hospital) and people who are sick with the flu and have a greater chance of getting serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high risk medical condition.

 Take everyday precautions to protect others.

  • Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Call in sick from work and stay at home from school if you must; your coworkers and classmates will be thankful.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Stay home until you are better.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. When you return to work or school you should no longer need medicine to reduce your fever.

Visit the CDC’s website for more information for people who are sick.