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Health Officials Say Influenza Widespread Across State

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By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you’ve had the flu this year, you have plenty of company.

“We are seeing many more cases of the flu in the past few weeks. And, in fact, the public health authorities are now calling influenza widespread throughout Minnesota,” said Dr. David Hilden of Hennepin County Medical Center.

While the disease is widespread it is not causing a lot of deaths.

“Most of the cases have been fairly typical influenza cases,” said Dr. Hilden.

His best advise is frequent hand washing and avoid exposure.

He said it’s even possible to get the flu from other patients in a doctor’s waiting room. But if someone gets the flu and they have a history of cancer or heart trouble they should see a doctor. Also the elderly and very young should go to a clinic if they become sick.

Dr. Hilden said those who got a flu shot earlier are largely protected because the vaccine targeted the strains going around this winter.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports


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