NCDHHS: 27 more flu deaths, 200 so far this season

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DHEC says more than 17,000 people were hospitalized with flu last week.

A TOTAL OF 102 people have died from flu between October 2017 and February 2018, according to figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

However, the department's report also says overall cases of influenza-like illness decreased last week.

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The majority (55%) of hospital admissions were due to the influenza B strain.

Hospitalizations are up 47 per cent with 2,438 people admitted to hospital with the flu.

The previous flu season saw only 1,900 cases between September and April.

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DHEC says there were about 10,600 positive flu tests last week in SC.

The flu season usually runs through May.

Health authorities in Saskatchewan said the province has seen a change in the strain of the virus, with the "B" strain becoming more prevalent.

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While the flu shot doesn't always prevent the flu, it can minimize the symptoms and help folks recover more quickly.

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