DHEC in the News: HPV, flu, critical need for more emergency medical professionals
Here's a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
This virus causes 31,500 cancers annually but few complete the vaccine to prevent it
Vaccination rates against HPV remain low in South Carolina, according to the national Blue Cross Blue Shield association, despite a wide acceptance by doctors as a key in preventing cervical and other types of cancer. Gardasil had been administered in three doses until 2016, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended two doses of the same vaccine for adolescents. The Blue Cross study examined the percentage of children who got the first dose by the time they were 10 and the percentage who had gotten the final dose three years later.
Urgent care chain expanding as flu cases spike
As flu cases and related deaths continue to increase in South Carolina ahead of the peak flu season, urgent care facilities like American Family Care are rapidly expanding and opening more clinics in the Upstate. American Family Care opened its newest location on Friday in Boiling Springs to help meet the surge in patients dealing with the flu or flu-like symptoms.
Fire chief: Critical need for medic professionals in York Co.
YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- A local fire chief is speaking out about the lack of medical resources in the area. City of York Fire Chief Domenic Manera tells NBC Charlotte his firefighters are also licensed EMTs, because the closest hospital is more than 20 minutes away. _ Chief Manera says there is a critical need for medic professionals in the western York County.