Flu Activity Declining as SC Deaths Reach 201

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While cases may be down, flu remains widespread, and health providers in the coalition are remaining vigilant.

Cell and recombinant vaccine construction technologies are capable of producing vaccines that are better created to deal with circulating strains of influenza virus, said GlobalData. That total is down nearly 4,500 from the previous week.

Incidents of flu have also declined across the nation, according to the CDC.

Anyone over 6 months of age should still get a flu shot, because there could be several weeks left in the season.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports there was one pediatric death among those reported in the week ending March 3. The flu was most active from January 21-27, when the state health agency documented 1,506 new instances locally.

Earlier this year both hospitals had discouraged visits by children, non-family members or anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

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In all, there have been 7,312 cases of the flu diagnosed in Horry County, according to DHEC's most recent data.

The effectiveness this year against the virulent H3N2 strain was only about 25 percent, Priest said. The age group is responsible for 143 of the state's 201 flu deaths since October.

Of the positive flu tests reported by state health officials, 67 percent were influenza B. People who have already had type A flu can still contract type B.

While flu activity has leveled off, it doesn't mean the threat is over. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Carteret Health Care staff worked with county schools, the community college and urgent care centers to monitor the spread of flu, and all have reported a decrease in flu-like illnesses in the past two weeks. The flu vaccine is available on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs such as the flu.