Flu Update – 3/9/2018 (reporting on the week ending 3/3/2018)

The state of South Carolina is seeing Regional flu activity for the first time in twelve weeks.

The sharp decline in influenza cases has continued for a second week, as we are now seeing only regional flu activity in South Carolina. The flu season is nearing an end with the percentage of flu-like illnesses reported closing in on the state baseline for influenza activity. Influenza activity is still technically high for the state.

South Carolina Counties Most Affected by the Flu

Map Source: SCDHEC Flu Watch Week 9, 2018

Year to Year Flu Season Comparison

We can all breathe a sigh of relief as flu activity is declining rapidly. The number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all down substantially from the previous weeks. We’re on the home stretch – keep washing your hands and covering your cough knowing that we are almost through with the flu!

Data Source: SCDHEC Flu Watch