Officials say 16 more flu deaths reported in SC

Faith Castro
March 8, 2018

This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down. Health officials say more than 6,300 flu cases were reported across the state. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost. Deaths of children were tracked through pediatrics.

The CDC said last month that the flu vaccine has only been 36 percent effective.

"Although the majority of cases that we've seen is the H3N2, which is a strain of influenza which has been notorious for bad flu seasons... influenza B cases are still on the rise", says Brown.

On Monday, the Division of Public Health announced five more deaths for the 2017-218 flu season, bringing the total to 28-which ties the highest flu-related death total since they have been tracked, recorded in 2014-2015.

"We could have six more weeks of flu".

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Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 114 pediatric flu deaths nationwide.

On Friday, Campbell County Memorial Hospital implemented a handful of visiting restrictions in the maternal and child unit for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - not for flu.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

Because the Department of Health can't estimate when the flu season will end, it still recommends that those who aren't vaccinated get a flu shot as soon as possible.

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