How Long Are Cold, Flu Symptoms Contagious?State health officials say Minnesota is in peak influenza season. It's also been a busy time of year in doctor's offices for the common cold.
Health Officials: Flu Now Widespread In MinnesotaThe Health Department says there were 172 people hospitalized last week with the influenza.
Flu Season Is Here And So Far It's A Bad OneNationwide, they've confirmed more than 7,000 cases, which is double the number this time last year.
Allina Restricts Patient Visits Over Flu CasesAllina Health said that children under 5 years old are asked to not visit with patients.
State Health Officials Say Flu Cases Down SignificantlyAccording to the Department of Health, last flu season more than 4,000 Minnesotans had to be hospitalized. So far this flu season, there have only been 92.
Minnesota Prepares For Flu SeasonThe flu is the virus that haunts us all winter long. But Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health is calling this season lackluster, so far. "I know a lot of people are thinking, 'It was so much busier the last couple of years, what's happening?'" Ehresmann said.
Officials Say Flu Season Off To A Slow Start In The DakotasThe flu season is off to a slow start in the Dakotas, but officials say that doesn't mean people shouldn't take precautions against the illness.
Flu Cases Already Popping Up In MinnesotaWash those hands and cover your coughs -- the flu season is here. The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that two people got so sick last week they had to stay in the hospital.
Turkey Growers Prep For Possible Fall Bird Flu OutbreakMinnesota turkey farmers are a little on edge these days as the state's waterfowl start to fly south for the winter. Ducks and other waterfowl are believed to be the primary source of avian influenza. They are carriers of the bug, but are somehow immune to it.
Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & LakesGaylene 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.
Health Officials: 2 More Child Deaths In Minnesota Linked To FluMinnesota 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.
New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers ScramblingAnimal 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.

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