DHEC: First pediatric flu-related death reported in South Carolina


South Carolina has now suffered it's first pediatric flu-related death this season, according to DHEC.

A child from the Midlands region of South Carolina died from complications associated with influenza, according to a news release.

"We extend our condolences to this family and all families in South Carolina who have suffered loss during this flu season," said Dr. Lilian Peake, DHEC's Director of Public Health.

"This flu season is turning out to be particularly challenging. Along with the rest of the country, South Carolina is dealing with widespread flu activity," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell. "We want all South Carolinians to understand how serious this illness is and how important it is for everyone to take precautions."

DHEC continues to urge South Carolinians to get a flu shot. They have offered multiple ways to get one at little or no cost.

"I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the flu vaccine, exercising good hand hygiene, and staying home when sick," Bell said.

For more information from DHEC about the flu and prevention tips visit their website.

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