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Flu season in full swing

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It is the peak of flu season, and South Carolina officials said 11 more people died in the state last week from the flu.

Typically, health officials worry about the very young and elderly, but that is not necessarily how the numbers are playing out.   

The 11 deaths in South Carolina means 41 total deaths, including a 34-year-old in Charleston.

In Georgia, eight deaths have been confirmed during the last reporting period, making it 31 deaths so far, including a woman this week in Chatham County. She was described as being between 18-65 years old.

A lot of people put off getting the flu shot or just think they can tough it out if they do come down with the flu.

The number of flu cases continues to go up, and both hospitalization and death numbers continue to increase, making people think twice.

According to Dr. Nicole Cohen of Memorial Medical Associates, the flu can lead to other serious issues you should be aware of.

"One of the biggest complications of influenza is pneumonia and so you really want to watch out for that," said Cohen. "You certainly want to get a chest x-ray done and started on antivirals immediately, and flu can be complicated by bacterial infections."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza A or H1N1 viruses have had the highest numbers.

It's the same H1N1 virus, called the swine flu, which emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic and targeted the younger, mid-range group.

This is the first season that the H1N1 virus has circulated at high levels since the pandemic.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, however, if you get sick, stay home.

Symptoms include a fever over 100 degrees, aches and pains, coughing and a sore throat.

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