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Flu in South Carolina

2013-14 S.C. Flu Activity and Surveillance

Surveillance can tell us the trend of influenza in South Carolina, but it cannot tell us exactly how many cases of influenza there are in the state. This is because not everyone who gets the influenza goes to the doctor to get tested and we have no way of monitoring these unreported cases of flu.

Weekly S.C. Flu Update

Week of April 6 - April 12, 2014 (MMWR Week 15): Local
Read the complete Flu Watch: South Carolina's Weekly Surveillance Report (PDF): Updated 4/17/2014

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U.S. Flu Activity

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website for national statistics on flu.

International Flu Activity

Visit the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website for information on worldwide outbreaks of influenza.

Current Pandemic Phase

As part of its preparedness plan, WHO has defined four stages of a pandemic.

Pandemic Phases

We are currently in the Alert Phase for H3N2v and H7N9.

What is Influenza (Flu) Surveillance?

Each year, DHEC and U.S. public health experts monitor influenza (flu) and other diseases. This activity is called disease surveillance.

Influenza (flu) surveillance allows DHEC and the CDC to see what impact flu is having on the health of residents.  Surveillance helps us to:

  • Determine whether the influenza virus is what is causing flu-like symptoms (Sometimes other conditions have influenza-like symptoms but are not influenza.);
  • Understand which new flu viruses are circulating in South Carolina (The types of influenza virus that infect people often change from one flu season to the next.);
  • Tell us when the influenza virus first appears in the state and also when it decreases;
  • Determine where in the state the influenza virus is circulating; and
  • Understand what types of vaccines are most likely to succeed the following year.

In South Carolina, influenza surveillance consists of several components. Each component provides different types of information about influenza; together, they create a solid overview of influenza activity in the state.

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Other Flu Resources

S.C. Pandemic Preparedness

Avian Influenza

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Travelers’ Health

Vaccines


If you have additional questions about the flu or flu vaccine, please call 1-800-27SHOTS (1-800-277-4687) or visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza website or Flu.gov.