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Flu Hitting Young Adults In Mississippi

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The flu season is here and doctors say the disease is hitting a group that's usually not affected by influenza.

“This year, we’ve received reports of serious complications and some deaths associated with influenza infection in those under 65,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Dobbs doesn’t know how many people have died from the flu. Hospitals and clinics are not required to report deaths.

He says young adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are being hardest hit.

Dobbs says this year's strain is a recurrence of the 2009 H1 N1 swine pandemic, which killed as many as 200,000 people across the globe.

Doctors says symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, and often, extreme fatigue. Sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and a runny or stuffy nose are also often present. More severe symptoms and death can also occur.

Dobbs says “It not too late. We are still in the early stages of our traditional flu season. It’s vital that all Mississippians – not just the very young and the very old – get vaccinated against flu.”

“I think everyone should go and get a flu shot,” says 32 year old Louis Morris. He recently got a vaccination.

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