The flu is on the rise in Mississippi and nationwide. This is according to a report released this afternoon by the Mississippi Department of Health.
The hardest hit group so far are children age four and under with more hospitalizations in this group than any other and 11 pediatric flu deaths so far in the U.S. One of those deaths occurred in Mississippi.
The state health department also says they are receiving reports of flu outbreaks at nursing homes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the predominant flu strain circulating is not H1N1, which targets children.
Eighty percent of pediatric flu deaths last year were in children who had not been vaccinated. It usually takes a week or two for the vaccine to be effective, but doctors say it’s not too late to get the shot because the flu season typically lasts until late spring.