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.
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
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.