It’s peak flu season and officials say get your vaccine

It’s peak flu season and officials say get your vaccine

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - We’re in peak flu season, and if you’ve thought about getting the vaccine, now’s the time. One child has reportedly died from the virus in Mississippi, and urgent cares across the nation are treating more patients.

Maxem Health Pascagoula Urgent Care has treated one adult case of the flu so far this season. Those most at risk for contracting the virus are young children and the elderly. If you’re showing symptoms, it’s best to get treated right away.

“You have to take the medicine within the first 48 hours. On the third day it’s only about 50 percent effective. On the fourth day, don’t even give it because it has no effect at all, and that’s just to help the symptoms, make you feel better," said Nurse Practitioner Linus Medley.

It’s possible to still get the flu even if you’ve been vaccinated. That’s because the flu virus is always changing, and the vaccines are updated every four years or so. So it’s best to stay on top of your flu shot.

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