South Carolina Faces Unprecedented Flu Surge: A Deep Dive into the Latest CDC Data


South Carolina is currently experiencing a significant increase in flu cases, ranking alongside Louisiana as the states with the highest flu activity in the U.S. for the week ending December 16, as per the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During that week, South Carolina reported over 4,500 new flu cases, the highest weekly count recorded in the state for the year. The current flu season has seen a notable severity, with a total of 12 deaths attributed to the flu, including six in the Upstate region.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a report detailing the current situation:

  • A total of 370 flu-related hospitalizations were reported this week from 54 hospitals.
  • Since the start of the flu season, there have been 1,115 hospitalizations due to influenza.
  • The recent week accounted for one flu-related death, increasing the season’s total to 12.
  • Counties in the Upstate region, including Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, Spartanburg, and Newberry, have reported flu cases surpassing the state’s baseline.

The DHEC urges residents to remain cautious and adopt preventive measures against the flu.

In response to the flu outbreak, some South Carolinians are exploring alternative remedies. Among these, essential oil blends are gaining popularity for their purported virus-killing and immune-boosting properties. Additionally, Elderberry Syrup is being used by some as a flu remedy, with a local entrepreneur in the Queen City launching Sweet’s Syrup, a brand selling this product.

While most alternative remedies have not been widely endorsed by health authorities, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and other health officials do recommend practices such as taking additional vitamins, engaging in regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy diet to strengthen the immune system during the flu season.