There are many weeks of flu activity left and the CDC continues to recommend getting a flu vaccine to help protect against influenza.
Today, December 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season.
As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reminding families that it's not too late to get the flu vaccine. We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to get vaccinated from the flu and help keep our communities flu free this year.
"Since implementing our mandatory flu vaccine program in 2013-2014, our vaccination compliance has always exceeded these benchmarks", Rasimowicz said.
Providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH lab.
Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the best ways to avoid catching the flu is by getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, and avoiding heavily crowded areas.
Though mild side effects like temporary soreness of the injection site and mild fever are possible, the injectable flu shot is the only recommended delivery method for heart disease patients. It also spreads when people touch certain surfaces or objects contaminated with the droplets. "Flu vaccination can reduce doctor visits, pneumonia, missed work and school due to illness, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations".
The flu clinic will take place on Saturday, December 8 and you can receive your flu shot from 9 AM - 12 PM (while supplies last) at our Public Health Nursing Office located at 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield (in the white portable behind the Senior Center).
Flu can be serious for anyone, but vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk of complications from the flu.