JACKSON, Miss.--Influenza, you commonly call it the flu, is already showing up in unusually high numbers in the state. State health officials are warning you to get vaccinated.
The Miss. Dept. of Health says vaccination is the best way to avoid the communicable disease. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs told us the flu vaccine is recommended for anyone age six months or older. Those particularly at risk include young children, adults aged 50 and older, pregnant women and those with a chronic illness.
"We are seeing widespread influenza activity throughout the state," said Dobbs. "Seasonal flu usually peaks from January to March in Mississippi, but infections can be seen before and after peak season."
You can also prevent the flu by covering youth mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying at home when you are sick and washing your hands frequently.
The flu ocassionally kills people, but more common symptoms include fever, cough, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and runny nose.
The Health Dept. said vaccines are available at your county health department for $25, or $10 for people 18 and under.