As Christmas holidays end, flu season picking up in Mississippi

January 3, 2019, Daily Journal, Michaela Gibson Morris- Kids are just heading back to school after the holidays, but Mississippi has already seen an uptick in flu cases. “We’re seeing geographic spread as well an increase in flu activity, and we are receiving reports of nursing home outbreaks,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs in a statement released Thursday. The Mississippi State Health Department is seeing the increased activity as it compiles data from the end of 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the predominant flu strain circulating now is H1N1, which has a tendency to affect children. Nationally, there have been 11 pediatric flu deaths reported; a South Mississippi child is among that number.

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