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Influenza is free in SC at these sites, says DHEC

If you live in South Carolina, and are more than 6 months old, you can get an influenza virus –…

If you live in South Carolina, and are more than 6 months old, you can get an influenza virus – free of charge.

The SC department for health and environmental control offers free flu on Friday at. three places throughout the state, according to a press release. The free vaccinations will be offered in Upstate (Greenville), Midlands (Lexington) and Lowcountry (North Charleston).

“Getting your influenza vaccine not only protects you but the whole family and society” DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant Dr. Tracy Foo said in the press release. “The latest flu season was one of the worst in recent years, highlighting the importance of getting your flu vaccine.”

During the last flu season there were 1

35,842 reported cases of flu according to DHEC. Of that number, 4,551 people were hospitalized and 292 people died. There was a significant increase in deaths over the 177 people who died during the previous flu season.

Symptoms of flu may include a sudden trigger of fever, dry cough, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, sore throat and nasal congestion or inertia, according to DHEC.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine according to DHEC.

Despite this recommendation, more than 61 percent of South Carolina residents did not receive an influenza season, according to a study by Insurance Quotes.

Everywhere more than 80,000 people died from the flu during the last season. The majority of those who were over 65 years old, according to estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control, reported that the majority of Americans do not receive flu vaccination each year.

Adults 50 years and older are among the groups “at increased risk of complications from flu,” reported DHEC. Others who are at risk include young children and pregnant women.

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For those who worry about the flu, making them sick, Mayo Clinic says it’s not true. You can not get the flu from an influenza virus.

“Influenza vaccine is what we call a dead vaccine,” says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Personnel. “The vaccine for influenza is one of the best defense we have.”

The vaccine takes about two weeks to build up the body’s defense against the virus, according to DHEC, which together with the CDC and Mayo Clinic urges people to get an influenza virus.

There is no time for free flu over SC on Friday. Children under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian.

Freedom Clinic on Friday

Greenville: Grace Church, 2801 Pelham Road. 10.00-22.00

Lexington: Lexington County Health Department, 1070 S. Lake Drive. 9:30 to 12:30 at

North Charleston: R.B. Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road. 10.00-22.00

Source: South Carolina DHEC

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