ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The flu can be serious, even deadly and it spreads easily, but this year, many are wondering, where is it?
In the past two years, flu activity in Minnesota was all over the place, but this year flu numbers are flat. WCCO-TV went to the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday, where everyone likes to get hands on. The staff works all night to sanitize games and displays.
They’ve also put in 12 hand-sanitizing machines throughout the museum to stop the spread of germs.
It appears there aren’t many going around.
The Minnesota Department of Health shows less than one percent of people going to their doctor with flu-like symptoms. During a peak season it’s three to four percent.
Doug Schultz with the Minnesota Department of Health doesn’t want you to let your guard down, because he doesn’t think just one thing is leading to the lower numbers.
He said it could that more people got flu shots, there could be better marketing efforts or our mild winter may have kept germs from spreading as easily.
“It could just be that it’s a down year for the virus and it could come back with a vengeance next year, we really don’t know,” said Schultz.
The health department is encouraging people to still get a flu shot. It’s not too late, even with low numbers now. The peak season actually isn’t until mid-February.