The Mississippi Department of Health says the state's first laboratory confirmed influenza case of the 2008-2009 season was reported in Covington County.
State health officer, Dr. Ed Thompson, said the report is a "great reminder" that Mississippi residents need to get a flu shot. The agency did not identify the patient or provide other details.
Health departments and clinics throughout the state began distributing the flu vaccine in mid-October. The charge for flu vaccination is $25.
Thompson said Medicare Part B covers the cost of flu vaccination, while children ages six months through 18 years can receive flu vaccinations for $10.