SC health officials release latest flu data and the numbers are staggering

SC health officials release latest flu data and the numbers are staggering

South Carolina health officials say the state has seen more than 100 times more flu cases and nearly 50 times more hospitalizations than this time last year. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says this flu season is one of the busiest in recent years nationally and in Palmetto State. The latest Flu Watch weekly report from DHEC shows 23,343 lab-confirmed cases, 1,003 hospitalizations and 11 deaths this season. At this time, the last flu season, there were only 219 lab-confirmed cases, 21 hospitalizations and one death. Data from the latest flu surveillance report shows that since the 2016-2017 flu season, which is as far back as the report, the state has not seen this number of flu cases this early. To view the image below in a larger form, click here. The report also shows that the following upstate counties are showing above average flu cases this week: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Laurens. Wednesday. “We don’t routinely track flu shot counts, but we feel the need to provide this additional data to the public using our statewide online immunization network (SIMON),” the official said. Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist. “DHEC is responsible for determining when additional public health data can help individuals make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Our hope is that more South Carolina will decide to roll up their sleeves and get their flu shot. You can find those numbers here. DHEC will also release vaccination numbers every Wednesday. The data will also be shared on the agency’s social media pages. SIMON’s capabilities include tracking flu vaccinations by age. No other demographic information will be available at this time. DHEC strongly encourages all eligible South Carolina residents to get their flu shot. The vaccine is available to everyone 6 months and older and offers the best protection against the virus. “We know that the winter months and the holiday season are times when families and friends gather in large groups,” Bell said. “These can unfortunately become breeding grounds for the spread of the virus, if not managed properly. So we encourage everyone, from grandparents to students, to get vaccinated, and we ask parents to vaccinate their young children against this deadly virus.

South Carolina health officials say the state has seen more than 100 times more flu cases and nearly 50 times more hospitalizations than this time last year.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says this flu season is one of the busiest in recent years nationally and in Palmetto State.

The latest Flu Watch weekly report from DHEC shows 23,343 lab-confirmed cases, 1,003 hospitalizations and 11 deaths this season. At this time of the previous flu season, there were only 219 laboratory-confirmed cases, 21 hospitalizations and one death.

Data from the latest flu surveillance report shows that since the 2016-2017 flu season, which dates back as far as the report goes, the state has not seen this number of flu cases this early.

To see the image below larger, click here.

flu data for Nov 22 2022

The report also shows that the following upstate counties are showing above average flu cases this week: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Laurens.

The department says it has started tracking flu vaccination numbers and will provide those numbers every two weeks, starting Wednesday.

“We don’t routinely track flu shot counts, but we feel the need to provide this additional data to the public using our statewide online immunization network (SIMON),” the official said. Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist. “DHEC is responsible for determining when additional public health data can help individuals make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Our hope is that more South Carolina will decide to roll up their sleeves and get their flu shot.

You can find those numbers here.

DHEC will also release vaccination numbers every other Wednesday.

The data will also be shared on the agency’s social media pages. SIMON’s capabilities include tracking flu vaccinations by age. No other demographic information will be available at this time.

DHEC strongly encourages all eligible South Carolina residents to get their flu shot. The vaccine is available for anyone 6 months and older and offers the best protection against the virus.

“We know that the winter months and the holiday season are times when families and friends come together in large groups,” Bell said. “These can unfortunately become breeding grounds for the spread of the virus, if not managed properly. So we encourage everyone, from grandparents to students, to get vaccinated, and we ask parents to vaccinate their young children against this deadly virus.

Visit DHEC’s flu page to learn more about preventative measures, treatment, and other related topics.

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