Flu hitting different age groups this year
[KSTP TV, Jan. 16, 2014] After starting slow, influenza is now widespread throughout the state of Minnesota, although we’re seeing far fewer cases than last year. But there is a major difference with who this year’s flu is impacting. Watch the video to learn more.
Influenza strains target younger Minnesotans
[KARE, Jan. 7, 2014] The flu season in Minnesota is expected to get worse as students return from winter break this week. Minnesota Department of Health officials said there were 111 new hospitalizations in the state last week. Learn more.
Flu season is here
[WCCO TV, Dec. 26, 2013] New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show influenza season is here in earnest. Hospitalized cases of influenza doubled last week after several weeks of gradual increases. Watch the video.
Why do we only get flu in the winter?
[WCCO TV, Oct. 30, 2013] Why does it seem we only get the flu in cold weather months? That’s the Good Question that WCCO’s Heather Brown put to Dr. Frank Rhame, an Allina Health clinics infectious disease specialist. Watch the answer here.
What if it’s not the flu?
[KMSP Fox 9 News, Oct. 22, 2013] Sue Johnson thought she had the flu 8 months ago. Like many people, she decided to ride it out at home—especially since influenza is so contagious that’s what a doctor would encourage.
It turned out, though, it wasn’t the flu. It was a kidney stone that caused an infection, sent her into septic shock and lead to the amputation her legs and hands.
So with flu season upon us, how can a person tell if the symptoms match up?
It's time for your flu shot
[KMSP Fox 9 News, September 30, 2013] October 1 is usually thought of as the start of the flu season. That means if you haven’t got your flu vaccine shot already, you should be thinking about getting it soon.
Is September The Time For Flu Shots?
[WCCO-TV, September 16, 2013] It seems a far cry from those dreary winter days when the flu bug is biting, but under September’s sunshine, the influenza season is on the minds of many as they walk down Nicollet Mall.
Karen Duerr was quick to point out Monday that she has already received her flu shot. “It was convenient,” she said. “I was at the doctor’s office, and I thought I’d get it done while I was there.”
She’s not alone. At Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, hundreds of health care workers were rolling up their sleeves and breathing in. Some got the vaccine in the form of a flu mist through their nose, while others opted for the more conventional shot in the upper arm.
New vaccine covers four strains of the flu
[KARE11, September 2, 2013] Last year was a severe flu season that sickened millions and cleared out drug aisles everywhere.
This year researchers have developed a new vaccination that covers four flu strains rather three. The vaccine, called Quadrivalent, protects two strains of type A influenza like last year’s strain of H3N2 and now two strains from type B.
Dr. Ayesha Rashid at United Hospital, part of Allina Health, says it's too early to tell if this vaccination will provide the best protection. But researchers wanted to be prepared. Watch the story here.