South Carolina Flu Season Hits Hard

6:53 PM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Tis the season for sniffling and sneezing--South Carolina is being hit hard by flu season.

"Just bam, bam, bam. All of them were positive," Dr. Radwan Hallaba said.

Hallaba has seen his share of flu seasons.

And this one isn't going easy on the state.

"We're seeing, still, a high rate of positives, we'reprobably seeing 10-15 positive flus a day," he said. "It's typically busy but this time of the year when flu hits, particularly as its hit recently with a high rate of positive flus that we've had, the volume spikes."

The illness strikes every year, but there's still myths and misconceptions.

Myth No. 1 - the weather makes you sick.

"In cold winter months your respiratory droplets are more likely to carry a little bit further as the air temperature is cooler. If it's warm the respiratory droplets are not going to carry as far so you are, technically, you're less infectious in terms of the space that you can impact," Hallaba said.

Myth No. 2 - the flu vaccine can make you sick.

"What can sometimes happen is it takes about four to six weeks from the time you get the flu shot or vaccine before your body has mounted the kind of immune response to make you less susceptible to flu," Hallaba said. "So typically what can happen sometimes is somebody can get the flu shot one day; three to four days later be around somebody who's with active flu and still pick up the flu."

But, the flu isn't invincible. There's steps you can take to stay healthy.

1) Get vaccinated,

2) Wash your hands frequently, and

3) Practice cough etiquette by coughing into a tissue or the crook of your arm.

Hallaba said it's never too late to get a flu vaccine.   

He recommends children, the elderly and people with other existing conditions like hypertension and diabetes to get the shot.

Most Watched Videos