Flu deaths on the rise in SC but officials say not to panic

According to DHEC, South Carolina has six flu deaths so far this season.

University of South Carolina student Nick Holtz knows the flu all too well.

"Not fun, not fun," Holtz tells WACH FOX News, "I was in bed for probably a week, not a good time."

In fact, Holtz says he's come down with the virus a couple times which is why he decided to get a flu shot.

"I had trouble with the flu in the past so I figured I would get it this year," says the student.

Holtz does not want to be a statistic.

DHEC released their weekly flu report on Thursday morning. That report shows six total deaths in the Palmetto State so far this flu season. Three of those deaths were recorded the week of November 25 to December 1.

The Midlands has not seen a flu death yet this season; the Upstate has one, Pee Dee region has two, and the Low Country has the most with three.

However, the report says flu activity level is considered moderate; that's because less than three percent of patients visiting hospitals were there because of the flu. That figure is slightly below average.

"It definitely makes me a little nervous," says Joseph Boyd, also a USC student.

Boyd has never had the flu, but the recent numbers have him taking action.

"I haven't had a flu shot in a couple years so makes want to go get a flu shot now just to protect myself," he explains.

DHEC officials tell WACH FOX people shouldn't be alarmed because the numbers are about average for this time of year. Officials also encourage people to get a flu shot and they say it is not too late to do that.

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