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Some Mississippians already dealing with flu

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's only October, but some Mississippians are already suffering from flu symptoms.  One local physician says the early cases could indicate another serious flu season.

Veterans pulled up for free drive thru flu shots at the V.A. Medical Center in Jackson on Saturday morning.

U.S. Army Veteran Winton Webley said, "You know there are a lot of different strains out there and you just want to make sure you're prepared."

Preparation is key and that's why Dr. Timothy Quinn of Quinn Healthcare is advising patients to receive this year's flu shot. He says he's already diagnosed two patients with the bug.

"Usually the flu will present itself later and it's coming earlier this year which is kind of troubling because we may have more cases," said Dr. Quinn.

Despite that possibility, Quinn's patient Marion Washington doesn't plan to take the shot.

"I've known some people to take it and they got sicker with the flu shot," Washington told WLBT/WDBD News.

In addition to getting your flu shot simple habits like washing your hands thoroughly and keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth can protect you from the flu.

Once you have flu symptoms you should make a trip to the doctor as soon as possible to get a dose of Tamiflu.

Dr. Quinn said "the medicine is only effective if you take it within 48 hours of initiation of symptoms."

Just as a general reminder, flu shots are recommended for everyone six-months and up.

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