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      The cold weather is gone, but the flu is still here

      The cold temperatures have left the Midlands but the flu virus is still here.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The cold temperatures have left the Midlands, but the flu virus is still here.

      Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and the pollen count is climbing.

      These are all signs of spring and the awful allergy season that comes with it but there's one bug that's still lingering.

      "There is still plenty of flu out there because we are getting reports of flu cases being reported by physicians across the state," said Jim Beasley, Department of Environmental Health.

      Flu season in the Palmetto State typically peaks in February and continues throughout the year.

      The peak of flu season may be over, but the virus is switching gears.

      "This year's vaccine actually covers two different types of influenza, type A and type B. However, no influenza vaccine is ever going to offer you 100 percent protection," said Beasley. "However, it's still the best way to protect against the flu."

      According to DHEC there have been 52,000 cases of flu this season including 15,000 hospitalizations and 42 deaths.