Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
We are about halfway through the flu season and according to The Center for Disease Control 29 people have died and the number of those hospitalized from the flu continues to rise.
The CDC said it is shaping up to be an above than normal flu season and Gulfport Walgreens Pharmacy Manager Jennifer Hopwood agrees. She said she has seen more flu patients this year than ever and that is why she spent her Saturday giving out free shots at the Kroc Center.
"This is probably been the worst season I have seen of active flu cases, Hopwood said." Normally we don't run out of the actual medication to treat the flu, tamiflu, we actually ran out of suspension had to obtain it from another source, so it has been a pretty bad season."
The flu vaccine has also been hard to come by. Around 135 million doses were made this year and there are only about seven million left across the country.
"We got really low on the vaccine, some of our stores have run out of the vaccine, but Walgreens has made exceptional provisions to obtain more of the vaccine this late in the season to be able to facilitate and provide for the community," Hopwood said.
Dr. Belinda Alexander with Pass Road Internal Medicine Clinic said she has treated a lot of patients with flu like symptoms and stresses that it is important to get vaccinated.
"The flu is up and this may actually be a peak in Mississippi however it's best to go ahead and get your flu shot as soon as possible," Alexander said. "Flu season lasts from October and sometimes it can extend until May, it can be that bad."
Even if you have already had the flu you are still advised to get the vaccine.
Hopwood said, "If you are exposed to it and your immune system is down for some reason you can still get it even though you've already had it."
Since the flu and the cold are both respiratory illnesses it is hard to tell the difference but according to the CDC with the flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense.
If you think you have the flu you should go to the doctor immediately and be tested.
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