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Mississippi flu rate stays same from last year

State health officials say there's no difference in the Mississippi flu rate from what it was at the same time last year.

Posted: Nov 4, 2017 7:34 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - State health officials say there's no difference in the Mississippi flu rate from what it was at the same time last year.

The Mississippi State Department of Health puts the rate of influenza-like illness at 2.3 percent for the week of October 15 to 21.

For the previous week, it was 1.9 percent.

Based on last year's rate, this is the time of year for the flu rate to start to climb. The peak of more than 6 percent was not reached last year until February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the flu in Mississippi, Alabama and most of the country as sporadic, which is minimal.

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