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Officials urge Mississippians to get a flu shot

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Officials are urging Mississippians to get a flu vaccine to help minimize the effect of the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I plan on getting the flu vaccine,” Gov. Tate Reeves said during his live news conference Wednesday, adding that he will also get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is ready.

“I hope you will consider getting the flu vaccine as well,” he said.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs reiterated the governor’s words.

“It’s so very important,” Dobbs said.

“It’s going to be doubly challenging with the coronavirus pandemic because we do know people can get viruses simultaneously,” he added, “so you can get them both at the same time,” making the illnesses worse.

Dobbs said he anticipates a COVID-19 vaccine to begin becoming available in the first part of 2021, rolling out first to health care workers and first responders. It may be several months after a vaccine is approved before the general public has access to it, he said.

County health departments provide flu shots to all children and to qualifying adults who lack insurance coverage. The Warren County Health Department is located at 807 Monroe St., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Flu shots are also widely available at pharmacies and retail centers. Find one near you by entering your ZIP code in the Flu Shot Locator.

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