Flu hitting hard in state
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received several reports from clinical partners throughout the state of serious complications from flu in younger adults, including deaths.
“The only type of flu identified in Mississippi so far this year is the 2009 influenza A H1N1 strain, which has in past years primarily affected those under 65 years of age,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, MSDH State Epidemiologist. “This year, we’ve received reports of serious complications and some deaths associated with influenza infection in those under 65. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, 80 percent of the deaths were in people younger than 65, unlike a typical flu season in which the majority of deaths occur in those 65 and older.”