Santa Clara County sees first flu-related death of season

Henrietta Brewer
November 17, 2017

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday that the state has suffered its first flu-associated death of the season.

Last flu season, more than four dozen people died of the flu in SC.

She is the third person to die as results of the flu this season. Everyone is at risk for influenza and the flu vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older.

While health experts urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated every year, they say it's especially important for pregnant women, children younger than five, adults 65 and older, and those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.

As the number of influenza-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reminds Oklahomans to get a flu shot before upcoming holiday gatherings to prevent spread of the illness. "If you have not gotten vaccinated, do it now to avoid getting sick". It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Those without insurance can get vaccinated at a county public health center.

Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, and County public health centers.

Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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