Number of flu-related deaths in SC rises to 46

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Flu season is expected to hit its peak in CT in the next few weeks, and all indications are that it's going to be a bad one.

The health department is urging people to get the flu vaccine if they have not already, but warn that there is no guarantee against contracting the illness.

"We'll be here right away as soon as I see something, the first ones", the pet owner said.

Last week, the total number of flu-related deaths in SC was at 24.

"We started seeing increased flu activity earlier than usual this year and flu continues to circulate at very high levels", Dr. Tom Safranek, state epidemiologist for DHHS, said.

The number of emergency room visits attributed to the flu in Lane County are up this week with 149 people hospitalized with the virus.

Of the ten flu-related deaths reported in New Hanover County, five were at long-term care facilities.

Even if the vaccine doesn't prevent a person from contracting a specific flu strain, it does lessen the severity of the symptoms and can help avoid hospitalization.

"The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated".

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health said Allen County has had seven confirmed deaths related to influenza this flu season.

"It's still available and we recommend getting it because if you do wind up getting the flu sometimes the symptoms aren't as bad as they would be if you had not had the vaccination", said Ingram.

The Lincoln County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to patients. Yaley said 93.6 percent of Jefferson Healthcare employees have had their flu shot.

Some of the symptoms of the flu include fever, headaches, cough, fatigue, chills, and body aches. Unlike human flu, dog flu outbreaks can occur at any time of the year.

Annual flu vaccination is the best method of prevention against illness, followed by covering one's mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, properly washing one's hands and staying home from school or work when sick. Influenza (the flu) is a serious, contagious disease that can have severe health consequences, especially for people with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma and COPD.

The dog flu is suspected in two cases last week.

Yes, close quarters around people.

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