Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting that the flu has officially arrived.
The Division of Microbiology says they have confirmed the Influenza B virus in a 5-year-old in Lexington County.
"The confirmation of flu in our state reinforces the need for vaccination against this dangerous illness," said Jerry Gibson, M.D., director of DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control. "The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. It remains the single best way to prevent the flu.”
They say the flu season usually peaks in February in South Carolina.
The usual symptoms of the flu include fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, sore throat and nasal congestion or stuffiness.
To reduce the spread of the flu and other viruses, they say to cover your cough with a tissue, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick.
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