MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The flu season in Minnesota has claimed two more lives, which brings the total number of deaths this season to three.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there haven’t been many widespread outbreaks.
This year, five schools have reported flu-like illnesses. But, so far, no long-term care facilities have had outbreaks.
Kris Ehresmann of the state health department says the flu season has arrived early this year.
“We’ve had eight hospitalizations, three deaths, five schools are reporting influenza-like illness — so it’s a reminder that the season has started and now is the time to get vaccinated,” she said.
The good news, says Ehresmann, is that this year’s vaccine is a good match for the flu strains being seen in Minnesota.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports