JACKSON, Miss. – Seasonal flu shots, recommended for anyone age six months and older, are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) county clinics.
“The flu shot is absolutely your best protection against the flu,” said MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “The vaccine takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and although flu season usually peaks in January through March, it sometimes reaches high levels as early as December. Now is the perfect time of year to get your flu shot.”
Those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses.
“It’s also important to remember that children under six months are too young to receive the vaccination. Caretakers of these infants need to be vaccinated to help prevent the spread of flu to this especially vulnerable age group,” said Currier.
For adults, the three different types of vaccinations available this year are: the seasonal flu vaccination for $30; the flu nasal mist for $35; and the high-dose flu vaccination for those 65 and older for $55.
Those 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can receive the vaccination for $10. Insurance is accepted for children’s flu shots. The MSDH accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (AHS) for adults.
To locate a county health department clinic in your area or for more information on flu and pneumonia, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/flu.