Columbia, SC (WLTX)- State health officials confirm as of January 20th, 46 people in South Carolina have died from the flu.
Those numbers are since last October, when the flu season began. But it's a significant jump from last week, when about two dozen deaths had been reported.
Not all those deaths happened within the last week. Sometimes, that can represent earlier deaths that were later reclassified upon further analysis.
Health officials recommend the best protection against the illness is the flu shot.
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