More flu cases reported in coastal South Carolina areas

      By Ava

      Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- Checking for clear lungs is what many doctors are listening for as more patients with flu-like symptoms come through the doors.

      "Depending on the center we're seeing at least anywhere from 10 to 30 patients coming in a day that are positive for the flu," said Dr. Bjorn Miller, a physician at Nason Medical Center.{}

      Miller said they are treating typical symptoms like high fever, body aches, coughs and congestion.

      "The typical flu season really spikes in probably January and February, so this has been very early to see this many patients testing positive for the flu," said Miller.{}

      Dr. Ted Pappas of St. Luke's Family Practice in Mount Pleasant said last year there was a low number of reported flu cases in the Lowcountry.

      "It is hitting the area pretty hard and we also know it's hitting the coastal areas a little bit more than it is inland," said Pappas.

      According to the DHEC website, since the beginning of the season seven flu related deaths were reported -- two of those confirmed.{} Pappas said a flu shot can help save lives.

      "So we had a little bit of an early peak in November, but that went back down and now it's starting to shoot back up and going back into our normal pattern. It's not too late to get a flu shot," said Pappas.