The number of Minnesota schools suffering from flu outbreaks shot up dramatically this week. Last week, only 19 schools reported new outbreaks. This week, that number spiked to 203. The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that two children have now died from the flu in Minnesota. And more than 300 people have gotten so sick they had to stay in the hospital.
A 4 year-old child with leukemia joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, pharmacists and others on Friday in calling attention to a record shortage of vital medicines for cancer and other diseases.