(WJTV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting its first flu case for the 2016-2017 flu season.
The patient is from Central Mississippi.
“This not only indicates that flu is present in the state, but it also serves as a reminder that now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t done so already,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “The flu shot takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and flu season usually peaks in January through March in Mississippi.”
While vaccination is the best protection, basic infection control measures can also reduce the spread of flu and should be taken whether or not individuals are vaccinated. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick, and washing your hands frequently.