First cases of influenza confirmed in SC | Health
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - State health officials say the first cases of the flu have been reported.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday the agency has confirmed five cases of influenza in the Midlands.
“Vaccination remains the single best way to prevent the spread of flu,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell . “We recommend the flu vaccine for everyone six months of age or older. Flu season typically peaks in February in South Carolina. But you should get vaccinated as soon as possible to give your body time to strengthen its natural resistance to the virus before you are exposed. We strongly recommend flu vaccine for anyone who wants to reduce their risk from flu and its complications.”
Influenza is a naturally occurring viral disease that causes respiratory infections. Symptoms may include:
- A sudden onset of fever
- Dry cough
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion or stuffiness.
“You can help reduce the chance of spreading flu and other viruses by covering your cough with a tissue or your sleeve, washing your hands often and staying home if you get sick,” Dr. Bell said. “Another good idea is to live healthy: eat properly and get plenty of exercise and rest.”
To learn where and when influenza vaccine will be offered in your area, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/flu/clinic-options.htm. More information about influenza in South Carolina can be found at http://www.scdhec.gov/flu.