DHEC reports first pediatric death related to flu in South Carolina

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DHEC has reported the first pediatric death related to the flu in South Carolina. The death occurred in DHEC’s Midland’s Health Region.

"We extend our condolences to this family and all families in South Carolina who have suffered lost during this flu season," said Dr. Lilian Peake, DHEC's Director of Public Health.

This comes after DHEC released their latest flu report from last week which noted 16 people had recently died from the flu.

Currently, 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.

Which is why DHEC is still encouraging South Carolinians to get a flu shot and why they recently began waiving administrative fees that some people pay at public health clinics.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the flu vaccine, exercising good hand hygiene, and staying home when sick,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.

DHEC says anyone six months of age or older should get the shot. They also say your body takes about two weeks for it to build up protection after getting the flu vaccine.

South Carolinians should also take the following preventative measures:

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work, school and errands if you are sick. By doing so, you will help keep others from getting sick, too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue if one is handy. Throw it away immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when someone touches something that is covered with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
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