Health dept.: Flu vaccine available across Miss.

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – The seasonal flu vaccine is now available at public health clinics across Mississippi.

The state Health Department says it’s recommended for anyone 6 months and older.

Dr. Paul Byers, the acting state epidemiologist, says seasonal flu usually peaks in January through March in Mississippi, but flu can occur as early as December.

Those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses.

Seasonal flu vaccinations for adults are $25.

People 18 and younger can receive them for $10 through the Vaccines for Children program.

High-dosage vaccinations for those 65 and older are available for $50.

Medicare and Medicaid recipients are asked to bring their cards with them to the clinic.