Health Officials Say Influenza Widespread Across State

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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  • Nancy Aleshire

    Even if a person received the flu shot, there are widespread outbreaks of other diseases going around. These include strep throat, pneumonia, other respiratory viruses and stomach viruses. And for people who did not receive the vaccine for H1N1 and seasonsal varieties, the flu is widespread.

  • Nurse Nancy

    Don’t go to the ER just because you have the flu! Call a nurse line to determine if you need to go to the clinic or the ER. remember – it is a part of life and sometimes you need to deal with it.

  • Pate

    I got the seasonal flu shot and caught one cold this winter so far-and I work in daycare! Cover those coughs and sneezes,don’t go to work or school if you’re sick,and WASH those hands!

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