Jackson says the number of people getting the flu shot has increased, but the number of positive cases is still growing.
One of the best way to prevent the flu is by washing your hands.
By: Terrance Singleton, Carolina News
Flu season is here and looks like it is here to stay, hitting over 40 states, including South Carolina, hard.
South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Center says that last week over ten percent of patient visits to doctors were for an influenza-like illness. Normally, about three percent of doctor visits this time of year are for the flu. The spread of the flu is easier in close quarters, like schools and workplaces.
University of South Carolina nurse Janet Jackson says she has seen a huge swing in the numbers this year in comparison to last year. She has already seen 372 positive cases of the flu in 2017 and in 2016 she only saw 21 the whole year on campus.
A DHEC spokesman says the number of flu cases in the state are at an unusual high, so prevention is key. Doctors say to wash your hands because it is the best way to fight against the flu. Use warm water and soap and wash for 30 seconds. If you can't get to a sink carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
Jackson says it is never too late to get the flu shot from doctor or your local pharmacy.
CVS Pharmacy has an online map showing the breakdown of states with widespread flu.