Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, body aches, headaches and fatigue.
The flu has reached epidemic levels across the US, but early clues show the virus might be starting to wane.
People at higher risk are those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, children under age two and people over 65. "This medication works best if started within two days of onset of symptoms".
If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Perkins advises those individuals to take special precautions.
State health officials say widespread flu cases are being reported in Alabama, but the illness hasn't reached the level of a pandemic. Flu season typically lasts up to 10 weeks.
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) officials encourage all Mississippians to continue to make efforts to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the flu. Four came from a long-term care facilities in the county and another was reported at a middle school.
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