HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January and February. During this flu season the Mississippi State Department of Health recommends you take everyday preventive actions to help avoid getting the illness.
Aside from getting the vaccine, it is recommended to wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and stay at home if you're sick. On Monday, the health department reported the first confirmed pediatric influenza death this flu season.
"Flu is still prevalent in Mississippi, the numbers are fairly similar to the last two years and it's still being seen as both A and B types, it is treatable, it's also preventable," said Hattiesburg Clinic Matt McClain, M.D. "It's always advisable to get the flu shot, in my opinion it's best to get it early if you can, but it's still not too late to get a flu shot."
Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months and older.