Flu cases spiking in Mississippi

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season in the U.S. began slowly, but has spiked this month.

Mississippi is is one of three states seeing a high level of flu activity. More people are making a visit to local pharmacy's this year than in the past few years. Many people have become skeptical over the years about getting the flu shot, but one local pharmacist says it's better to get the flu shot in order to protect yourself against the disease.

"Definitely take the flu shot. There's no reason not to take the flu shot. A lot of people think that the flu shot gives you the flu, but it does not. It's inactivated, which means it's not live, so it can not cause you to have the flu," explains Drew Moffett at Old Towne Pharmacy.

The best way to prevent the flu is to avoid contact with sick people, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.