Flu Widespread Even Before Peak of SeasonBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 28 Dec 2010 02:31pm |
The Influenza virus is starting to make its presence felt around Mississippi. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has more on flu vaccines that are now available before the flu bug peaks.
Flu season usually peaks in Mississippi between January and March. But this year the state health department is already reporting cases from Biloxi to Olive Branch. 65 year old Gladys Jordan of Jackson believes she is one of the unlucky ones who may have contracted the flu virus early.
"Cause I'm aching all over, headaches, coughing at night mostly, night sweats."
Other classic symptoms of the flu may include sore throat, extreme fatigue and a runny or stuffy nose.
While test results proved that Jordan does have the influenza virus, Jackson family healthcare Dr. Timothy Quinn says the majority of flu cases could be avoided if people would take a few simple precautions like getting tested.
"Because the medication that treat the flu, if it's diagnosed early and the treatment started when the symptoms first begin within the first 48 to 72 hours, the medicine works very well."
As always flu vaccines are recommended for young children, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses. But this year State Epidemiologist Dr Paul Byers says there is an extra additive for older adults.
"All vaccines have antigen in them. But it has a higher amount of antigen with the intent to make an increased amount of antibodies to provide protection from the flu."
The senior vaccine Flu vaccinations are covered through Medicare Part B. Children and adults can receive their flu shot from all county health departments for 10 or 20 dollars. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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