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Doctors: Start Preparing Now For Upcoming Flu Season

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More than 1,700 people across South Carolina were hospitalized as a result of the flu  during the last season and 46 people died from it, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. More than 1,700 people across South Carolina were hospitalized as a result of the flu during the last season and 46 people died from it, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Getting the flu is an experience that many people will never forget.

"Your head spins, you lay in the bed and the bed spins,” says Bonnie McDonnell.

“I have never had it, but I know people that have,” adds Amber Taylor.

“It attacked everything from infants to 90-year-olds,” says Dr. John Skelton.

Skelton who practices at Doctors Care is referring to last year’s flu season.

More than 1,700 people across South Carolina were hospitalized as a result of the flu and 46 people died from it, according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The big question now is will it be as bad this season?

Unfortunately, no one knows.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

“We actually could start to see flu cases any day now,” says infection control manager Kathy Bryant at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. “There have been reports in some outlying areas of folks with flu-like illnesses."

With that being said, flu vaccines are ready. There is even a new option called a quadrivalent vaccine which protects you against four different influenza viruses instead of three.

Whatever kind you choose, officials say not to worry about the effects of it wearing off too soon.

“The flu shot will protect you throughout the entire season, Skelton said."

Only in rare cases will a person need a second dose.

Skelton says it can take up to two weeks after you get vaccine for your body to build up full immunity.

So getting a shot now maybe just early enough.

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