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Flu is widespread in Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi State Department of Health says there is widespread flu activity throughout the state. Those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses.

The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, and often, sore throat. Extreme fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and a runny or stuffy nose are also often present. Severe symptoms may last three to six days, and the cough may last for weeks.

Medical clinics are seeing mainly flu patients these days.  According to Dr. Karen Collins with MEA Medical Clinic, "We're seeing a lot of flu. We're also seeing patients with an influenza type illness with fever, sore throats, aches and coughs and colds. Folks are sick right now."

Flu vaccinations for adults are available at all county health departments. There is a new vaccine for senior adults 65 and older designed to provide increased protection against influenza infection. The senior adult vaccine is covered by Medicare part B. Medicare and medicaid recipients are asked to bring their cards with them to their county clinics.

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