Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Read more. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.
Vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools. Flu shots for everyone six months and older are available now from all Mississippi Department of Health county health departments.
This year, flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, especially those at risk from influenza complications: young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses.
Flu shots for everyone six months and older are available now from all Mississippi Department of Health county health departments. The cost for flu shots at county health clinics for children six months through 18 years is $10. Adult flu shots are just $25. Specialized flu shots, designed to boost immunity for those 65 and over, are available for $50, covered by Medicare part B.
Protective hygiene: Remember to cover your cough, wash hands often and thoroughly, and stay home if you’re sick, to protect yourself and others. For more information visit www.msdh.ms.gov and www.cdc.gov/flu.