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Mississippi health officials reporting slight increase in flu activity

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Doctors are bracing for what could be a rough flu season. The typical peak flu season here in Mississippi is December to February or March.

While there has been an increase of flu activity, it is a localized spread. That also follows the national trend, but health officials do plan to see more activity.

Flu is a case that should take precedence over perfect attendance.

"Stay home so you don't spread the germs to others," explained Dr. Joyce Olutade, University of Mississippi Medical Center Director of Student Employee Health. "We do encourage that you can return to work or school after you've had no fever for 24 hours. You should be free of fever for 24 hours before you return."

Two private schools in the state have asked everyone to stay home with the spread of sickness.

"That decision was made by the schools themselves, not the health department," noted Olutade after speaking with the state health department.

Tri-County Academy in Flora closed Monday and Tuesday due to several teachers and students diagnosed with the flu. They have now sent a letter to parents saying that they will now cancel classes for the remainder of the week.

They will resume classes November 27.

READ MORE: Tri County Academy in Flora closed due to flu outbreak

A few counties over, Copiah County Academy's Headmaster reports their school dismissed early last Thursday and were closed Friday. They attribute that to a combination of a virus, strep and the flu.

Dr. Joyce Olutade notes that it's too soon to say if early cases like these and those at Southern Miss in September are a negative indicator of what's still to come.

READ MORE: Southern Miss experiencing flu outbreak

"There's really no scientific way of telling if a particular season is going to be worse than the previous years," she said. "It's only when the season actually picks up and we start seeing the cases and we say ok it looks like it's going to be a pandemic or an epidemic."

Doctors still advise that anyone six months and older get a flu shot. They say it's the best prevention method.

RELATED: Flu prevention tips from MSDH

For more prevention tips, click this link. And to explore the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's  map of flu activity, click here.

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