Officials say 16 more flu deaths reported in SC

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The data indicates the season is slowing.

Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks.

Since early January, cases of influenza A have been declining, while cases of influenza B have been rising, which often happens in the tail end of the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes", Rattay said.

The report says that number of deaths among adults are not tracked.

That type of flu overtook influenza A last month as the most common type in circulation in the state.

Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off. Deaths of children were tracked through pediatrics.

"We could have six more weeks of flu". According to CDC, 9 percent of deaths in the USA were caused by diseases such as pneumonia and flu.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons. RSV causes bad cold-like symptoms and can be serious for babies. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

Doctors advised to get vaccination as soon as possible as other virus that are similar to this flu virus can affect the unvaccinated person.



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