Anita S. Henderson, MD, discusses protecting children from COVID

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported the first pediatric COVID-19 death of the year, marking the 14th COVID death in a child under the age of 18. 

In an interview with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Hattiesburg Clinic Pediatrician Anita S. Henderson, MD, expressed her concern over the state’s low vaccination. She reiterated the importance of being up to date on vaccinations to help protect those who may be ineligible for vaccination, like those under the age of 6 months. 

“What I suggest to parents, grandparents, anyone who has a baby… that the adults who are going to be around that baby are up to date on their own vaccines.”

Being “up to date” on vaccinations means having completed the primary series of the COVID vaccine and at least one booster dose. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available at Hattiesburg Clinic, county health departments and local pharmacies.  

To schedule a vaccination appointment at a Hattiesburg Clinic location, talk to your primary care provider or visit

You can also schedule an appointment at your local county health department by visiting  

Follow the link to listen to the full interview: