COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina health officials have confirmed the state’s first flu-related death this flu season.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday the death happened in the Upstate.

Last flu season, more than four dozen people died of the flu in South Carolina. State health officials say those at greatest risk are young children, pregnant women, people 65 years or older and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.

DHEC urges anyone over six months old to get the flu vaccine every year.

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