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First Flu Cases Of The Season Reported In South Carolina

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The flu is here and health officials say there are several confirmed cases in South Carolina and it's just the beginning of what could be a long season.

Catalina Drinkhahn knows what its like to be sick with the dreaded flu.

"Very tiring, fatigued, couldn't do much and it was just not fun," Drinkhahn said.

This year she isn't taking any chances.

"I'm getting the flu shot because I don't want to get it and I have baby boys twins 4 years old and a 3 year old and I don't want to pass it on to them," Drinkhahn said.

Here in South Carolina health officials tell us there are already five confirmed flu cases, and Dr. Jeremy Byrd says this is just the beginning.

"I fully expect to start seeing it inside our area" Dr. Byrd said.

Doctors say despite people lining up for flu shots at free clinics, not enough people are getting vaccinated.

Doctors say the flu leads to hundreds of deaths every year especially for small children and the elderly.

"If you weigh out the mortality rate when patients don't get the vaccine versus when they do and how it benefits us than it's an easy decision," Dr. Byrd said.

Doctors say the flu shot can not give you the flu. Dr. Byrd says without the flu shot you could end up bed ridden for a week.

"It's not a cold. It is much more you feel like you're going to die because your body is aching all over. You don't want to move, you have fever and chills," Dr. Byrd said.

The flu shot takes two weeks to be effective. Doctors recommend you get vaccinated now before the flu starts popping up in your community.

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