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.
The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.
State health officials say they won’t be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.
A Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.
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.
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.
Whooping cough cases are up at an alarming rate in Minnesota. Already this year, the state has had the most cases of pertussis (aka whooping cough) since the 1950s.