This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.
Minnesota is dealing with a widespread flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health reports the outbreak started in southern Minnesota, but now they are seeing an increase in cases in central Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area. Hennepin County Medical Center officials say its doctors are treating 25 out of about 165 patients hospitalized for flu in the state.
December marks the start of peak flu season. State Health officials warn every-day spots like grocery store are common places to pick up the virus. “Going to mall, going to store, going to church,” said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Health Department.
It’s the time of year when health officials recommend getting your flu shot.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics has already started to see a few influenza cases.
Angela from Minneapolis asked: What is the most popular license plate for a cause in Minnesota? There are almost 4.5 million passenger license plates in Minnesota. According to the Department of Public Safety, the DNR Critical Habitat plates are the most popular at 101,412.
New figures released by the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu continues to be widespread. Last week there were 186 hospitalizations, down nine from the previous week. But experts say that does not reflect a decrease because many cases from last week have yet to be officially reported. Doctors who spoke with WCCO say many people who have gotten the flu this year are laid up for at least a week.
Families still looking to get flu shots may be finding them difficult to come by.
The southern part of the state is described as the epicenter of the outbreak this year.
For some families, getting a flu shot has become a part of their pre-winter routine. Even though the number of flu cases have been way down the past couple of winters.
We’re starting October, which means flu shot season is here. Sandy Flen, a registered nurse in the Twin Cities, visited the WCCO Morning Show on Monday to talk about the truths and myths surrounding flu shots.
You’ve probably noticed at your workplace or school that cold season has started and that means flu season isn’t far behind.
Target says it’s time to start thinking flu season as your kids shop for school supplies.
It might still be the height of summer, but you can get a leg up on the upcoming flu season by getting a flu shot.