Flu cases already confirmed in South Carolina

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For the first official week of flu season, South Carolina already has three lab-confirmed cases of influenza, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday.

All three cases were in Beaufort County and were influenza A H1N1, the pandemic virus that first appeared in 2009. The report was for the week ending Oct. 6, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marks as the first week of flu season each year.

The lab had confirmed an influenza case the week before, and there have been other cases in weeks before then.

“It’s become a year-round thing,” said DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley, saying it probably stems from testing being done in the offseason.

In the latest CDC FluView, both South Carolina and Georgia are listed as having minimal flu activity. Their status is listed as “sporadic,” one step up from “no activity.”

The confirmed cases should add a little urgency for those thinking about getting a flu shot, Beasley said.

“You better do it because we’ve already got the flu here,” he said.

Flu shots are seemingly everywhere right now, Beasley said.

“It’s become a very competitive thing,” he said.

FLU SHOT SITES

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control suggests a couple of easy ways for finding flu shots. For DHEC clinics, visit www.scdhec.gov/flu/clinics.asp.

To find where to get a flu shot in Georgia or South Carolina, visit flushot.healthmap.org.

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dichotomy 10/16/12 - 10:53 pm
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My wife and I had the flu

My wife and I had the flu shot 3 weeks ago and neither of us had any reaction other than a mildly sore bicep for a couple of days.

From reading the first scare tactic comment I would think you would be seeing people passing out and falling down by the thousands right here in town. I have not seen that. I've been taking the flu shot every year faithfully for well over 25 years and never had anything more than a mildly sore arm. I've also not had the flu.

My guess is the first commenter is an anti-any-vaccine crusader and I guess it is a personal choice. But in my 63 years I have never personally known anyone who had an adverse reaction to a standard vaccine or an annual flu shot. I'm sure it happens but I am also sure that the anti-vaccine crowd are bringing back deadly diseases that we had whipped for decades. Getting your shots and flu shots is pretty damned safe and getting your kids vaccinated is in the greater good.

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