The flu is already hitting southern states hard, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reported that South Carolina and 11 other mostly southern states – Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington – are reporting high influenza-like activity.
Four people in South Carolina have died from flu-related illnesses, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The agency reported 164 flu-related hospitalizations and 163 lab-confirmed cases so far during the 2019-2020 season.
Although many people who come down with the flu recover from the virus in as little as a few days, it can lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications – even among otherwise healthy individuals.