Flu cases rose dramatically the week before Christmas. As of Dec 21st, 401 people had been hospitalized.
The flu season runs from October through March in South Carolina, but already at least six people in South Carolina have died of the flu in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Richland counties.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the most prevalent strain this season is the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu, which hits younger people hardest.
DHEC says the flu killed 46 South Carolinians and hospitalized 1,721 between Sept. 2012, and Sept. 2013.