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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Health Officials: 2 More Child Deaths In Minnesota Linked To Flu

Minnesota health officials confirmed Friday morning that two more Minnesota children have died from the flu. The cases happened a few weeks ago, but were just confirmed as being flu-related.

03/20/2015

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New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers Scrambling

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected turkey flocks in three states — and to stop it from spreading. Avian influenza is common in wild migratory waterfowl but doesn’t usually harm them.

03/14/2015

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MDH: Flu Threat Downgraded In Minnesota

Fewer Minnesotans are getting sick with the flu. The CDC downgraded the flu in Minnesota from widespread to regional on Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Health says 21 people were hospitalized with the flu this week. There were 80 last week.

01/22/2015

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Twin Cities Doctors See Increase In Respiratory Illness

While influenza is widespread in the state, some doctors say they’re seeing people coming in with other respiratory problems.

01/21/2015

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Flu Claims Life Of 4th Minn. Child, Hospitalizations Down

A fourth child has died from influenza in Minnesota since late September, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The flu still remains widespread throughout the state, although hospitalizations and school outbreaks were significantly lower than last week.

01/08/2015

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Flu Spike Expected As Kids Return To School

The highest number of flu cases are typically seen in January, after the holidays.

01/05/2015

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Experts Warn Flu Season Still In Full Swing

The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to release their newest flu report later Wednesday. According to the most recently released numbers from last week, the health department says 543 school outbreaks have been reported this season.

12/31/2014

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Early Start To Flu Season Results In 3rd Death

A third Minnesotan under the age of 18 has died of the flu. The Minnesota Department of Health officials confirmed the death Wednesday. It’s the third pediatric death since flu season began.

12/24/2014

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Outbreaks Of Norovirus Are Hitting Minnesota Hard

fter an awful start to the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reports the state is on track to experience one of its worst years for norovirus.

12/23/2014

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Good Question: Are We At The Peak Of Flu Season?

State health officials say they can’t remember the last time Minnesota has had such an early widespread flu.

12/22/2014

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Worst Flu Outbreak In 4 Years Hits Minnesota

Minnesota is experiencing the worst flu outbreak in four years. Hundreds of schools across the state have been affected and now doctors and nurses are getting sick, too. Hospitals have admitted more than 300 Minnesotans with the flu this season. Sixty of the cases happened just in the last week. There were 22 cases in the same week in 2013.

12/21/2014

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271 Minnesota Schools Have Reported Flu Outbreaks

Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities. Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week.

12/19/2014

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Tamiflu May Be Hard To Find, But Don’t Give Up

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.

12/18/2014

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Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?

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.

12/17/2014

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Mendota Heights School Closes Due To Flu Outbreak

A Mendota Heights school will close two days before its winter break due to an outbreak of the flu. Convent of the Visitation School said its Lower School has closed for Thursday and Friday due to an outbreak of “influenza-like illnesses.”

12/17/2014

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MSU Mankato Cancels Hockey Game Due To Flu

An early start to the flu season has claimed its latest victim: collegiate hockey. Minnesota State University-Mankato cancelled its Saturday home game against Princeton because several players are out with the flu. The game will be recorded as “no contest” and not a forfeit because it was cancelled due to illness.

12/13/2014

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When To Get Care For Flu-Like Symptoms

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.

12/12/2014

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‘Outbreak’ Of Flu Cases Seen In Twin Cities Hospitals

Health workers at Regions Hospital say they’re overwhelmed with people complaining of influenza-like symptoms.

12/12/2014

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MDH: Flu Is Widespread In Minnesota

Influenza and respiratory illness is now widespread in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. According to MDH, during the week of Dec. 6 indicators showed the flu had spread to be considered widespread across the state.

12/11/2014

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Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict

Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.

10/22/2014

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Doctors: Most Recent Flu Sufferers Skipped Vaccination

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.

01/16/2014

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Flu Cases Spike In Minnesota

The number of flu cases is up sharply in Minnesota. Last week, there were 144 flu-related hospitalizations across the state. That’s up from 118 the week before.

01/09/2014

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Health Dept. Says Flu Widespread In Minnesota

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.

01/02/2014

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Separating Flu Myths From Flu Facts

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.

10/15/2013

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