State health officials say it’s been a relatively mild flu season so far, with hospitalizations and the number of reported cases of influenza down compared to previous years.
Jim Beasley with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the was one death of an elderly man in Richland County over the past week, the first flu-related death in South Carolina for the current season.
Last season, there were 20 in the state and 49 in the flu season before that.
The number of flu cases typically peaks in February or March, so the season should be starting to wind down. But Beasley says flu shots are still recommended, as well as other standard preventive measures.
Reported by David Waterman, WVOC in Columbia.