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Flu season starts early in SC, health officials say

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A child gets a flu shot at an Upstate doctor's office. (File/FOX Carolina) A child gets a flu shot at an Upstate doctor's office. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The flu season usually starts in the fall, hits a peak in late winter, but its hitting South Carolina early, according to health officials.

Physicians are warning you to take it seriously by washing your hands and getting your flu shot.  Parkside Pediatrics Dr. Justin Moll recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated, especially kids, pregnant women and the elderly. 

It's a plea because the predictions for this flu season aren't good. 

"We have seen a lot of cases of upper respiratory infections caused by viruses, but non-flu type viruses," said Moll. 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control already has had four offices in the Upstate report cases of the flu, four in the midlands and one in the coastal region.

Moll said some typical signs of flu are fever, body aches, muscle aches, cough and congestion.

For more information on the flu, visit DHEC's website.

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