JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first confirmed pediatric death from the flu in Mississippi in three years.
The agency on Friday reported the death of child from North Mississippi.
Health officials say the child had chronic underlying health conditions.
The state has recorded 11 pediatric flu deaths since 2007.
Health officials remind people Mississippi is still in the middle of flu season.
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.
Officials say the flu vaccine is available for people six months of age and older.
While vaccination is the best protection, overing your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick, and washing your hands frequently help prevent the spread of the flu virus.