What's new with the flu here locally?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Catching the flu is never a pleasant experience for anyone to have, and it can be especially dangerous if someone's life is on the line because of it.

A Dorchester County man, 39, recently died due to complications he suffered from having the flu and pneumonia.

According to Registered Nurse, Pam Hinrichs, with Doctors Care in Carolina Forest, pneumonia is the most common complication from the flu.

"People don't think pneumonia as being fatal, but its still the sixth most leading cause of death in the United States and world. So we want to prevent it, and so your more likely to get a lot sicker with pneumonia," explained Hinrichs.

Hinrichs also adds the number of people coming in with the flu are starting to die down, but that doesn't mean people aren't dealing with complications, "we are seeing a lot of sore throats, bronical coughs, things like that. The actual flu this year was presenting itself as a high fever severe cough and sore throat. So we are seeing those symptoms, but lots of times it's not related to the flu which is good in a sense."

Many regional hospitals are reporting a decrease in the number of flu cases. For example leaders at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and Conway Medical Center said they did see a spike in their flu numbers back in December, but since then it's been tapering off.

Most of the medical professionals who spoke to WMBF News concerning this story want to encourage folks to still get the flu vaccine if they haven't done so already.

The flu season usually last until March, but has been known to extend into the month of May.

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