ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The flu season has officially arrived in Minnesota.

Minnesota health officials have confirmed the season’s first influenza case in the state. It’s a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County in southeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory confirmed the woman’s illness was caused by the A (H3) strain of the virus. That strain appears to be covered by this year’s vaccine.

The woman had no underlying health conditions and was not hospitalized. Health officials say she had not yet been vaccinated this season.

Kristen Ehresmann, director of infectious diseases for the state health department, says the first flu case is a good reminder for Minnesotans to get vaccinated now.

Influenza season in Minnesota runs from October through April, and typically peaks in February.

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Comments (3)
  1. Another scare tactic says:

    Save your money if they want to inject you it should be free, I have not had a flu shot since high school, So I beleive it’s just a scare tactic to buy a product from a chemist.

    1. Hello! says:

      You are silly… the flu shot protects you from the deadly strains and the more common strains. If you don’t have underlying health conditions and are not an infant or an elderly person you don;t really have to worry about it. Flu usually attacks the weak immune systems. People get the shot to protect themselves.

  2. jan says:

    You may be right but what if you’re wrong? Most health plans offer free flu shots so why take a chance on being miserable for a week or two?

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