There has been at least one death in the Upstate attributed to the flu this season.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced four deaths across the state from the Upstate, Pee Dee and Lowcountry regions that are associated with the flu.
The agency didn’t release the names of the victims on Tuesday or specific information about where in the state they were infected.
“Flu activity typically peaks in February in South Carolina, so we have to prepare for several months of the disease circulating in our communities,” said Linda Bell, M.D. and state epidemiologist in a written statement.
“Therefore, we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals six months and older to prevent the flu and its potentially serious consequences.”
The flu can cause mild to severe illness and can be deadly. Deaths from the flu can happen especially to vulnerable people, including the very young, the elderly and people with certain chronic health conditions.
The Centers For Disease Control reports between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the nation ranged from as low as 3,000 to a high of about 49,000.