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Health Department confirms first flu cases

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - -

The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the first confirmed cases of influenza in the state.

According to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, all the confirmed cases are influenza A (2009 H1N1) and are covered by the current flu vaccine.

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Health officials say although flu season usually peaks in January through March, it sometimes reaches high levels as early as December.

MSDH monitors flu activity through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Sentinel Surveillance System, made up of health care providers in Mississippi including family practice clinics and hospital emergency departments. They report the percentage of patients with flu-like symptoms to a statewide database.

They also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH. MSDH uses this information to determine the spread of flu in the state.

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