It's not too late to get a flu shot

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"We urge everyone in Sevier County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it".

People can find out where flu shots are available at texasflu.org or by contacting their health care provider.

Flu season is upon Mississippians, and state health officials are advising people to get a flu shot to help prevent the illness.

There have been five flu-related pediatric deaths across the nation so far.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive a flu vaccine each year.

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Following last year's flu season, which saw the highest levels of flu cases since 2009, a recent survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, found that 22 percent of those surveyed say that knowledge of last year's severe flu season makes them more likely to get a flu shot this year. Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide there are up to 200,000 hospitalizations from flu each year.

Free flu shots will be available to everyone Wednesday, Dec. 5.

"The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu", Commissioner of DPH Jeff Howard, M.D. Grundy County Health Department accepts the following insurance plans for most medical services offered: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS of IL PPO, BCBS Blue Choice, BCBS MCO, Harmony MCO, Illinicare MCO, Meridian MCO and United Healthcare.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

Today, December 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season. Antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. It spreads when respiratory droplets are released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby.

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