Fairview Health Services is temporarily changing its visitor’s policy at its seven hospitals because of widespread flu in Minnesota. Fairview says its hospital will screen visitors for flu-like symptoms or exposure to others who have had symptoms.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across Minnesota. The department reported Thursday there were 71 influenza-related hospitalizations reported last week. That’s nearly twice the number reported the week before.
Struggling to get above zero is less than ideal, especially when you spend more time getting dressed for the weather than actually being in it. But believe it or not, the cold does have some health benefits. We have the flu bug, but no other bugs to deal with, according to Dr. Christina Manders, a family physician with Fairview Clinics in Savage. “We don’t see Lyme disease, we don’t see West Nile. So tick-borne infections, mosquito-borne infections are not a factor,” Manders said.
With just a cough or sneeze, it can hit you from six feet away. So cover your mouth and wash those hands, because flu season is back in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s official influenza season started in October and will last through April. It’s the same for much of the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the months are reversed. Flu season down happens during their winter – from May through September.
Every fall, information flies around about the dreaded flu nearly as fast as the sneezes start to fly, and it can be tough to filter all of that information. Natalie Nyhus talked with Dr. Jess Prischmann to try and separate the myths about the flu from the facts.
The federal government shutdown could actually make you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is closed, for the most part. And the experts who work on preventing and managing flu outbreaks are not doing that.
Last year, the flu virus showed up in Minnesota in October, so many doctors are recommending people get the shot now. That has Susie wondering: Can you get sick from the flu shot?
All across the state, workplaces, doctors’ offices and drug stores have been offering the flu shot. For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health have recommended people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available, which is generally the middle to end of September.
Doctors hope a new four-strain flu vaccine will mean fewer people getting sick this season.
Hospitals are at capacity, others are keeping visitors out. This season will go down as a bad one for the flu in Minnesota, but for at least one family, it will always be the most heartbreaking.
Minnesota health officials say that another two people have died of flu-related causes this season. Since last October, there have now been 190 flu-related deaths in the state.
Health officials say two additional deaths have been attributed to the flu in Minnesota, but they say the outbreak is slowing.
Since the flu season began twelve weeks ago, 184 people have died as a result of the virus, according to new numbers released this week by the Minnesota Department of Health.
In the eleventh week of this year’s flu season, four more people have died of the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.