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Flu in South Carolina

People with Medical Conditions

Most people who get the flu will have mild illness and recover within a few days to two weeks. But people who have existing or chronic medical conditions have a higher risk of serious complications from flu including hospitalization and even death. Complications may include:

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Dehydration
  • Worsening of chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes
  • In children, sinus problems and ear infections.

Conditions that Put a Person at Greater Risk

Your age and certain chronic medical conditions can put you at a greater risk for serious complications from the flu. If you are in a high risk group (or live or work closely with someone at high risk) be certain to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

For more information:

Condition-Specific Information

See these resources to learn more about why those at greater risk for flu complications and their families/caregivers need to take special precautions.


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.