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The Mississippi Health Department said flu cases are not reportable, but they do monitor flu-like symptoms in centers across the state The Mississippi Health Department said flu cases are not reportable, but they do monitor flu-like symptoms in centers across the state
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(WMC-TV) - Mississippi health officials say flu cases are on the rise as temperatures drop.

The Mississippi Health Department said flu cases are not reportable, but they do monitor flu-like symptoms in centers across the state. A couple of deaths in north Mississippi have been reported.

"We've had people who were diagnosed with the flu who had severe pneumonia and then death," said Mississippi Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Tony Deal, who lives in the Oxford area, has two little kids. His family has already been in for their flu shots.

"My whole family, we all get it, and we haven't had the flu, or I haven't had the flu in four years and that's the only thing I can account it to," said Deal.

Dr. Dobbs says this year's vaccine covers the particular strain that is already causing sickness.

From what he's seen so far, he says people of all ages need to be concerned this flu season.

"This type of flu could have severe impacts for the age group of young adults, even otherwise young healthy adults," explained Dr. Dobbs.

Candy Booker's little girl just got over the flu a few weeks ago.

"She acted like she was never even sick but she had a fever, so that's what alarmed us," said Booker.

Booker had the flu last year and said it caused her to miss work for a couple of weeks. She is heeding the state's warning and encouraging others to get the vaccine, because the alternative could be deadly.

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