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Flu season still in full-swing

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The weather may be warming across the Grand Strand, but flu season remains alive and well.

Over the last six weeks, health officials have reported a steady comeback in flu-like illnesses. The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the latest increase is not near the number of flu cases seen around the holiday season.

Influenza A accounted for the majority of cases in the winter,  but DHEC officials say the recent increase seems to be from Influenza B.

"The predominant strain does appear to be Type B for now, it's part of the influenza vaccine that we received earlier this year," commented DHEC Spokesman Jim Beasley, " but still there are some people who are going to get sick because the vaccine is never going to protect 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time."

It is not too late to get a flu vaccination. The DHEC advises citizens to continue to wash hands and avoid being around others if sick. It could be several more weeks before flu season is over.

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