SC Reports First Pediatric Flu Related Death

The state of South Carolina has seen its first flu-related fatality in a child, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

It is with great regret that we must inform you that a youngster in the Midlands Region has died from influenza-related complications. Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist and Director of the DHEC Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control expressed her condolences to the family.

Although influenza can spread at any time, the official start of flu season for surveillance purposes is October 1. Although it is still early in the season, extensive flu activity has been observed since the first week. Since this data implies a potentially severe flu season, Bell urged everyone to take precautions.

SC Reports First Pediatric Flu Related Death

That’s especially true for a subset of our people. A greater risk of flu-related complications exists for those over the age of 65, for small children, and for those with preexisting medical issues. “But difficulties might arise unexpectedly even in young, otherwise healthy people,” she cautioned.

The influenza vaccine is the most effective means of warding against the virus. The Department of Health and Human Services DHEC and the American government. Everyone who is able to get vaccinated and is at least 6 months old is encouraged to do so by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since the flu has already spread widely in South Carolina and other states, it is crucial that people get vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent further illnesses.

An increase in the number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the continuous spread of COVID-19 coincide with the peak of flu activity. Vaccination, masks, frequent handwashing, and remaining home or away from others when unwell are all effective measures against the flu virus and hence also against COVID-19.

In addition to DHEC health departments, medical practices, clinics, pharmacies, schools, and places of employment all stock and administer the flu vaccination. The price of vaccinations is typically covered by health insurance. It is safe to have the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time if you haven’t gotten either of them before.

Final Lines

Those who make an appointment at one of the DHEC health department facilities can get a flu shot for a low price or for free. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-855-472-3432 or visit scdhec.gov/fluclinics. Every Wednesday, you can check out DHEC’s latest Flu Watch report at scdhec.gov/flu. Go here for more details on how to avoid catching the flu. If you are seeking some other information, then leedaily.com can help you.

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