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Flu continues to claim lives across South Carolina

Flu shot (WCIV)

Is the nationwide flu outbreak showing signs of slowing down as we are now 10 weeks into the flu season?

According to DHEC, 16 people in South Carolina died from the flu last week and more than 500 people in the state were treated in hospitals.

In the Upstate there have been 38 deaths, 33 in the Midlands, 18 in Pee Dee, and 17 right here in the Lowcountry, according to DHEC.

Nationally, more than 14,000 people have been in hospitals this season. This is the highest number ever recorded.

At least four more people have died in the last few days, and three of them were children.

If your child comes down with flu-like symptoms, doctors say it's important to know when to take action.

"If temp is too high, 104 or 105, call the doctor, if the child is breathing faster, call your doctor," said Dr. Jay Gopal with Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.

At least 53 children have died so far this season.

To slow down the spread, doctors say you should stay home if you have the flu.

The normal flu season lasts between 11 and 20 weeks. That means this year's epidemic could last until May.

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