Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

He wound up buying it for her a day later, but within days, Heather Holland was gone.

The week's death toll includes another eight people who died in previous weeks and were later determined to have had the flu, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

While officials with the Tennessee Department of Health [TDH] said it is hard to track the actual number of flu cases in Rhea County, a TDH spokeswoman said that flu activity this year has been significant.

Dr. Christopher Ohl, an infectious-diseases expert with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said that "deaths due to influenza are often not due to the virus itself but due to secondary bacterial infections, particularly of the lung".

The CDC urges flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older with rare exceptions.

The flu has claimed the lives of two more people in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The vaccine worked relatively well in young children, but it performed worse in older people, including seniors who are most vulnerable.

It's one reason the Wayne County Health Department offered the free vaccines - to remind people of the importance of protecting themselves from this virus.


"We know this from taking pills", Salber said.

A week ago, DHEC reported approximately 1,270 flu cases in the area.

This season started early and has been driven by a formidable type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths.

"However, we are constantly improving our surveillance system, and this report is part of that process", Casanueva said.

Sellars says county health departments across the state are giving out free flu shots.

"The most information we can release is the region that the death occurred in", said a DHEC spokesman. Here in Texas that number is 14 percent.

Kreidler encouraged residents to follow precautions to avoid infection. It is also recommended along with the shot to continually wash hands and cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.

If you want the flu to go away sooner, hope for warmer weather.

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