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Four flu deaths reported in recent weeks
February 19 2018, 08:04 | Rex Rios
Despite no flu outbreaks in Richmond health authority still encourages the public to get a flu shot. Image Pixabay
All the deaths happened in Benton County.
The women were in a high risk group because of pre-existing medical conditions and/or age, said Dr. Amy Person, health officer of the Benton-Franklin Health District.
He said 21 of the newly diagnosed flu patients developed severe complications and it was determined that 19 of them had not received the most recent flu vaccine.
Flu activity is on the rise in the Tri-Cities.
Four local flu deaths is high for this point in the season, she said.
CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said 101,364 people sought treatment for flu-like illnesses in the week ending January 6, which was a 4 percent increase from the previous week. They're recommended for everyone age 6 months and older and are available at pharmacies, doctor's offices and the health district.
The Centers for Disease Control say the 2018 season is shaping up to be the worst flu outbreak since the 2014-15 season.
"No you cannot get the flu from the flu shot, you could probably be having symptoms around the same time when you get a flu shot so you might think that you could have the flu from the flu shot", she said, explaining the shot itself isn't strong enough to get you sick.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, chills, aches, cough and sore throat.
The best flu prevention tactics involve simple behaviors, such as handwashing, coughing into a tissue or a sleeve and staying at home if you have flu-like symptoms, according to hospital officials.
Flu season typically lasts from November to March and, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental, there have been 124 flu cases in Horry County thus far.
"Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu".