Last year, flu season hit the United States early. So far, Mississippi has had a lower than usual incidence of the flu bug.
That's the good news, according to district six health officer, Dr. Rebecca James.
But the bad news is that peak flu season is mid-to-late February.
"We know the numbers will go up in February. We'll begin to increase, but fortunately Mississippi, and especially this area in Mississippi, has not been hit yet, so we still have time to get our flu vaccine before it hits our area," said Dr. James.
James said there is a good supply of flu shots available and children and elderly people are the most susceptible.
Nationwide, James said there have been three child deaths attributed to the flu.