JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state health department says pediatric flu shots are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health county clinics.
Health officials say flu vaccination is recommended for anyone aged six months and older.
“Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children – three of which were in Mississippi,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “We know that nationally, 80 percent of the pediatric deaths were in children who were not vaccinated against the flu. Flu vaccine is the best way to protect both children and adults from serious complications such as hospitalization, and in many cases, death.”
Byers says young children, the elderly, pregnant woman and those with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk for flu complications.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.