Flu Season Is in Full Swing in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Flu season is in full swing in Mississippi. Flu season usually peaks from December through February, and the Centers for Disease Control says Mississippi is among 16 states experiencing widespread flu activity. The state department of health recommends vaccinations for anyone aged six months and older to prevent the spread of flu and health complications. Pediatric flu shots are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health county clinics. Those 18 and under who are eligible for the vaccines for children program can receive a flu vaccination for $10. Adults who are underinsured or uninsured and who meet certain high-risk criteria may also qualify for an adult flu vaccination at county health department clinics. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, and fatigue. Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from the flu.


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