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DHEC confirms first flu death in SC

DHEC confirms first flu death in SC

The victim, who died earlier this month, had not received this year's flu vaccine and suffered from other medical conditions that placed the person at greater risk of severe complications from the flu, Santa Clara County health officials said.

SC health officials have confirmed the state's first flu-related death this flu season.

So far there are 57 confirmed flu cases in Montana. "So as we approach the busiest time of the year for health services on the Island it is vital that we protect ourselves and those we care for by getting a flu jab".

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Its symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, but are usually more severe. They said young children, pregnant women, people 65 years or older and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease are the ones most at risk. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms.

The Trust's Occupational Health team, together with staff who have volunteered to become flu vaccinators, have so far vaccinated over 1,300 staff members since the beginning of October and plans are in place to give the jab to as numerous Trust's employees as possible, especially frontline healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients.

For more information, visit the Santa Clara County flu web page.


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