State hits record 253 flu deaths

Desiree Steele
March 2, 2018

State health officials say 16 more people have died in SC after being stricken by the flu.

The number of influenza-related hospitalizations around the state dropped for the fourth straight week to 255 as of February 24, bringing the total for the season to 5,128. That's less than half of the number of cases reported just a week earlier. Compared to the previous week, this was a decrease of 7,968 cases.

West Milford Health Officer Michael Hodges said this week that no deaths related to the flu have been reported to the local health office this year, yet.

"One thing that is really important is while it seems like flu has peaked and maybe even its becoming less and less, the flu is still widespread across the United states including in Connecticut", Martinello said.

"We're in the middle of a nationwide flu epidemic and I'm asking North Carolinians to do their part to stay healthy and stop the flu from spreading", Cooper said in a statement.

New data shows that 21 of those who died from the flu were between the ages of 18-years-old and 49-years-old.

More than 100,000 cases of the flu have been reported in the state over the past three months. It's surprising but it happens and it happens every year.

While the vaccine is the first line of defense, a CDC study found that this year, it's been only 36 percent effective.

County health departments are offering a free, high-dose vaccine for people in that age group.

The Walgreens at 159-34 Jamaica an official City flu shot voucher location. "Among the repository viruses we see each year, the flu has the largest impact", he said.

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