"Whether you've had the shot or not, it's very important that you contact your physician. There's an excellent anti-viral medicine, Tamiflu, that's available.
It's effective but it has to be taken within the first 24 to 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms," says Dr. Donald Pearlman.
Within the last two weeks both Mississippi and Alabama ran out of the flu vaccine. So far, 42 children have died nationwide from this year's flu epidemic.
Flu season for the twin states usually peaks during January and February.
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