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Health officials are pushing for flu shots after confirming the Mississippi Laboratory



Mississippi's US Department of Health reports its first laboratory-confirmed flu case this season.

The case was reported to an adult, officials said.

Influenza cases were diagnosed and treated by health care providers nationwide throughout the 2018-2019 flu season. However, this is the first case of the MSDH-approved case health lab discovered by the influenza-like disease surveillance system, authorities said.

The ILI system consists of federal state health service providers that report the percentage of patients with flu-like symptoms in a nationwide database. Suppliers also submit samples for flu tests.

"Not only does this indicate that the flu is present, it also reminds you that it is time to get your flu shot if you have not already. "Said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Interim Minister of Health of the MSDH. "The flu shot takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and the flu season in Mississippi usually peaks between January and March."

Last year, an estimated 80,000 adults died nationwide from the flu of which were in Mississippi, Dobbs said.

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