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First flu-related death of child reported in South Carolina this season

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the first pediatric death this flu season has been reported in South Carolina.

DHEC officials said the child died from complications associated with the flu in the Midlands region.

"We extend our condolences to this family and all families in South Carolina who have suffered lost during this flu season," said Dr. Lilian Peake, DHEC's Director of Public Health.

DHEC stressed the importance of getting the flu vaccine and exercising good hygiene. Below are preventative measures South Carolinians are encouraged to take:

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work, school and errands if you are sick. By doing so, you will help keep others from getting sick, too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue if one is handy. Throw it away immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when someone touches something that is covered with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

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