Seasonal flu shots are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health county clinics.
State epidemiologist, Dr. Mary Currier, said the seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for anyone age six months and older.
“This year it is important for everyone to get both the seasonal and swine flu vaccines,” said Currier. “Seasonal flu usually peaks in January through March in Mississippi, but it sometimes reaches high levels as early as December. Mississippians should take the threat of any type of flu very seriously.”
Officials say those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses.
Seasonal flu vaccinations for adults are $25. Those 18 and under can receive seasonal flu vaccinations for $10. Medicare and Medicaid recipients are asked to bring their cards with them to the clinic.
Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, and often, extreme fatigue. Sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and a runny or stuffy nose are also often present.
The health says, while shots are the best protection, basic infection control measures can also reduce the spread of flu. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.