Fewer flu cases reported in SC this year

This flu season hasn’t been as bad as last year’s – but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.

This time last year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says there were more than 2 thousand hospitalizations from the flu.

This year, they report a little more than 200.

Experts say it’s still a good idea to get a flu shot because flu season isn’t over yet.

Dr. Saria Saccocio, Chief Medical Officer at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, says they’ve also seen a drastic drop in flu cases this season.

This time last year, they saw about 577, compared to only 11 this year.

“Flu season can run as late as April, so we are not out of the warning zone just yet,” Saccocio explained. “The difference between a cold and the flu is you can die from the flu. You can have serious respiratory complications and end up in the hospital and we want to keep people healthy this season.”

Click here for flu vaccine information from the Centers For Disease Control.

Click here to see DHEC’s weekly Flu Watch report.

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