HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - If you know someone who has been affected by the flu this year, you are not alone. State health officials said the illness is widespread throughout Mississippi.
The Mississippi State Department of Health has been monitoring influenza activity through a surveillance system comprised of a variety of Magnolia state healthcare providers.
The Family Practice After Hours Clinic in Hattiesburg said they have seen cases of the flu earlier this year but say it's not too late to receive the influenza vaccine.
Nurse Practitioner Kevin Clearman said the vaccine will also protect against the H1N1 strain of the virus. Peak flu season is typically between the months of January through March according to state health officials.
Clearman said, "According to the CDC, the southeastern region of this country has been hit the hardest and of course we fall in that area. So we've definitely been affected."
Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches. It's advised you visit your doctor if you have any of these conditions.
For more information about the flu, or to contact your nearest county health department, visit www.HealthyMS.com.