4 Things To Know: Giffords' Visit, Flu Vaccine, Spam Snacks & MoreFrom former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visiting Minnesota to Hormel's "Spam Snacks," here are the top four stories from Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
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.
AAP Issues New Guidelines For Flu ShotsA recent statement made by the American Academy of Pediatrics said that all children and health care workers should get flu shots. In past years, about 90 percent of children who died from the flu were unvaccinated.
Experts Optimistic This Year's Flu Vaccine Will Be More EffectiveNow that September has arrived, the first shipments of the flu vaccine are arriving in Minnesota.
Health Department Says This Year's Flu Season Should Be MilderState health officials are hoping for a milder flu season. They say this season's vaccine will be more effective compared to last year. Shipments of the vaccine are already available at some health clinics.
MDH: Minnesota To Have Harsher Flu SeasonDecember marks the start of peak flu season. State Health officials warn every-day spots like grocery store are common places to pick up the virus. "Going to mall, going to store, going to church," said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Health Department.
Doctors: Most Recent Flu Sufferers Skipped VaccinationNew 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.
Health Watch: The New 4-Strain Flu Vaccine Doctors hope a new four-strain flu vaccine will mean fewer people getting sick this season.
Minn. Forum Set Up To Help Ease Vaccine ShortagesIn a bid to overcome flu-vaccine shortages in some areas, Minnesota officials have set up a forum to connect health care providers who have vaccine with those who don't.
Study: Flu Vaccine Good For Healthy Children, TooTwo new studies are reminding parents that getting children vaccinated for the flu can save lives.