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The South Carolina health department marks the first flu death this season

15 Novembre 2017

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the state has suffered its flu-related death of the season.

The name of the person has not yet been released, nor has where they live.

Young children, pregnant women, people over age 65 and those with chronic health conditions are at high risk for flu complications.

"Unfortunately we see many deaths, hospitalizations and other serious complications of flu each year in SC", said DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant Dr. Teresa Foo.

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"That is why it is so important for everyone six months and older to get the flu vaccine every year", Dr. Foo said in a press release. "It is the best way to prevent the flu".

Dr. Foo also recommends avoiding close contact with sick people, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hads with soap and water, and limiting contact with other people if you are sick. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is not available, use the crook of your elbow. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

For more information on flu vaccines in SC, you can visit the DHEC's page here.