Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

DHEC confirms first flu death in SC

DHEC confirms first flu death in SC

So far this year, three people have died from influenza A. There have been 445 cases, compared to 112 for the last three years.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department reported their first flu-related death of the season Thursday. But state medical privacy laws prevent any other identifying details about the individual - including their age, race, gender - from being released.

"So as we approach the busiest time of the year for health services on the Island it is vital that we protect ourselves and those we care for by getting a flu jab".

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Its symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, but are usually more severe. That includes people with asthma, diabetes and lung disease, pregnant women, those over 65 and people who live with or care for others who are at higher risk.


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Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately.

If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children home when they are sick. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. For more information visit or call 211.

This year's staff flu vaccinations are well underway with all staff at Isle of Wight NHS Trust sites being offered flu jabs as winter approaches.

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