More flu cases being found in Horry County

Published: Jan. 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Coastal region of our state is above average for flu cases. WMBF News has discovered out of the 31 flu cases reported in the past week, 19 of them were found in Horry County doctor's offices.

Doctors say overall it has been a slow flu season overall with a low amount of cases across the state. But there has been some flu activity in our area. So far this season, Horry County is leading the state in positive flu tests. As we continue to move deeper into the season, doctors say they've seen more sniffles, coughs, and sneezes walk through their doors.

So if you think you're not going to get the fly since this season hasn't been as severe, doctors say think again. "Because we had a few cases earlier in the season," said Dr. Ron Reynolds with Beach Urgent Care. "And that didn't amount to anything, doesn't mean that it won't be a pretty good flu season this year. So everyone just needs to be very careful as far as their hand washing, and their exposure to other people that are sick."

The Center for Disease control says the flu season can be very unpredictable, but in the next couple of weeks we'll be hitting the peak of flu season. Doctors want to warn you—waiting until someone near you gets sick means it's too late. Because if your coworker gets sick and then you rush to the doctor's office to get your flu shot, it's a slow process before your body can build up the immunity to fight it. We're talking about 10 to 14 days.

Some say because the flu season seems to be not as bad this year, they haven't been doing as much to protect themselves. Others say no matter what, they always start the flu season completely protected, starting with the vaccine.

"For the office call or for the 20 dollar charge if you don't have insurance," said Glenn MacDonald. "To get the flu and be sick for three or four days, not worth 20 dollars to not do it."

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