Late Flu Outbreak For Minnesota’s Children

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Minnesota Department of Health confirms another child’s death is caused by the flu.

This makes 9 for the season.

That’s the same number of children who died during the 2009 flu pandemic in the state.

We share ways on how you can try to prevent the flu.

Amanda Fay of Moorhead is always concerned about the health of her two boys, 3–year–old James and 1–year–old Jack.        

Fay says, “I like just pray that our kids stay healthy.”

She heard about the ninth confirmed child’s death in Minnesota and can’t believe it.

The mother of two says, “It’s so sad.”

In most years, the flu hits in January or February and then tapers off in April or May.

So some are wondering why this is still happening.

Kathy Anderson says, “If parents have children with underlining health conditions then it’s important to be a little more vigilant.”

If parents are worried about their child’s health, flu immunization can still be done.

Clay County Public Health’s Director of Nursing says, “There’s no harm in getting it later. It just takes a couple of weeks to develop that immunity.”

Immunizations are available at the same places offered earlier in the season and is still covered by insurance.

But if you don’t want the vaccination, there are a few things you and your children can do to stay healthy.

Anderson adds, “Continue to utilize good hand washing. Use hand sanitizers. Stay home if you’re sick. Get plenty of rest.”

A few reminders to keep you and your family safe.

Minnesota is still experiencing localized outbreaks of influenza.