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.
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.
Doctors hope a new four-strain flu vaccine will mean fewer people getting sick this season.
In a bid to overcome flu-vaccine shortages in some areas, Minnesota officials have set up a forum to connect health care providers who have vaccine with those who don’t.
Two new studies are reminding parents that getting children vaccinated for the flu can save lives.
Dr David Hilden of HCMC and WCCO’s Healthy Matters joins Steve to discuss this years supply of flu vaccine and answers questions about H1N1. Was it blown out of proportion.