Mississippi Department of Health officials say the state's first reported case of flu has been confirmed in Tate County.
State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says the report should serve as a reminder that it is time to get flu shots.
Currier says although flu season usually peaks in January through March, it sometimes reaches high levels as early as December.
Children 6 months through 18 years can receive flu vaccinations for $10 through the Health Department's Vaccines for Children program.
Seasonal flu vaccinations for adults are $25 at county health departments. High-dosage vaccinations for those 65 and older are available for $50.
Health officials say the flu shot is the best protection, but 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.