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34 flu-related deaths so far in South Carolina

The majority of flu-related deaths occurred in the Upstate.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has released its most recent flu watch report, which shows that 34 people were victims of flu-related deaths so far this flu season.

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The report includes a demographic breakdown, which shows the majority of flu-related deaths were among elders. According to Flu Watch, these are the latest numbers:.

  • 4 deaths in people ages 18-49
  • 8 deaths in people ages 50-64
  • 22 deaths in people ages 65 

The Upstate had the highest number of fatalities at 15 deaths, and Pee Dee and the Lowcountry each experienced 7. There were 5 flu-related deaths in the Midlands

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According to DHEC, people with certain medical conditions, including heart and lung diseases, are at higher risk for flu-related complications. Certain age groups are also more vulnerable - children younger than 5 years and adults over 65 are more likely to develop complications.