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Flu season comes early in Mississippi

Flu season comes early in Mississippi

She says it's hard to predict how bad any given flu season will be.

Officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health said they are seeing early flu activity this year.

With flu season likely to ramp up at any time, health officials are recommending flu shots for everyone 6 months and older.

At-risk categories of people include everyone who is aged 65 years and over, anyone over six months of age with a long term illness (such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes or those with lower immunity), pregnant women, nursing home or long stay facility residents, and healthcare workers.

Free seasonal flu shots for adults and children three years of age and older will be offered in the cities of Tustin and Westminster as part of an annual series of emergency preparedness exercises. Thursdays. Appointments can be made for the flu vaccination and are available from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. For the 2017-18 flu season the vaccines are meant to protect against an updated H1N1, H3N2, and the B/Victoria lineage.

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According to the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit, there were 691 reported flu cases and eight related deaths during the last flu season.

Although this uptake rate is the same as the 2015-2016 flu season, it remains less than the World Health Organisation target of 75 per cent.

It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after the shot.

Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County.

Doctors' offices around the metro have been busy seeing patients with flu-like symptoms.

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