- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Flu season in South Carolina is reaching its peak and it has not been as severe as last season.

Department of Health and Environmental Control figures show there have been 12 lab-confirmed flu deaths in the state as of Feb. 20. Last season 101 people died of the flu.

Since the current season began in early October, slightly more than 2,400 influenza cases have been reported in 35 counties. Charleston County has had the most with about 990.

Dr. Thomas Boyd is the medical director for emergency services at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and tells The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg (http://bit.ly/1QO3bSi ) that one reason for the milder season may be a more effective vaccine.

Boyd says he’s not sure if more people got vaccinated but says the vaccine is higher quality.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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