flu

The Weather May be Cold, But It Doesn’t Mean You Should Catch It!

Doctors with Essentia Health say limiting your close contact with those who are sick can be a game changer

FARGO, ND — You may not be able to escape the cold weather this winter, but with a few simple steps, you can stay away from the cold and flu. Doctors with Essentia Health say limiting your close contact with those who are sick can be a game changer. They say the cold weather itself isn’t getting you sick, it’s…

Minnesota Seeing a Rise in Chickenpox Cases

One Hennepin County school is dealing with an outbreak of 15 cases and another school in Stearns County is dealing with six cases

  HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. — Cases of chickenpox are continuing to grow in Minnesota. The state department of health states nearly 400 cases have been reported, which is the highest number since 2013 when there were 480 cases reported in the year. One Hennepin County school is dealing with an outbreak of 15 cases and another school in Stearns County…

ND Dept. of Health Encouraging Flu Shots for All

It is National Influenza Vaccination Week

  NORTH DAKOTA — The North Dakota Department of Health is encouraging all North Dakotans to get their flu shot this week. It is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Health officials say everyone six months and older should be vaccinated, regardless of age or health status. It is especially important for people who are at greater risk of complications from the…

Health Officials Encourage Flu Shot Vaccinations Now

Flu season runs from October to May

FARGO, ND — State health officials say cases of the flu are already popping up in counties all over North Dakota. Some of the top health officials in the country say this year’s flu season may be one of the toughest yet and that’s why they are encouraging people to get their flu vaccinations. “The flu began about a month…

Fargo VA Hospital Offering Free Flu Shots for Veterans

they've also created a partnership with walgreens for anyone who can't make it to the Fargo VA

FARGO, ND — Now that the cooler weather has begun, it can only mean one thing: flu season is here. The Fargo VA is offering free flu shots to help protect veterans. They’ve also partnered with Walgreens so veterans can get immunized all season long. All people have to do is show up to the VA or Walgreens with their VA…

Two Confirmed Cases of Illness After Contact with Pigs at ND State Fair

The second person infected was a non-North Dakota resident

  MINOT, ND — Two people have confirmed cases of variant influenza after having contact with pigs at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. The child was hospitalized but has since been released and is recovering. It is the first such case of H3N2v in a child in North Dakota. It is similar to swine flu, also known as…

Flu Season Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The 2016-17 North Dakota flu season can last into May

FARGO, N.D. — The calendar says Spring officially begins on Monday, but the flu season rages on in North Dakota. The state Department of Health says that the season can stretch into the month of May. Health officials say that although one strain of the bug may be fading away this season, other strains are still around. Even at this…

Helping the Homeless Stay Healthy

A seminar was held to improve healthy lifestyles for those who are homeless

FARGO, N.D. — We’re in the midst of flu season and health experts say this is the most crucial time to keep homeless people in mind. Health Impacts of Homelessness was held at Fargo Cass Public Health to talk about ways to help homeless people stay healthy. A number of agencies presented ways to help the less fortunate in the…

Minnesota Announces First Child Death from the Flu This Season

A total of 715 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the flu season

MINNESOTA — Minnesota has announced they have their first child death due to the flu this season. Officials with the state Department of Health says this is their only known case so far but could not provide any other details about the case due to privacy concerns. They say nearly 156 people were hospitalized with the flu last week alone…

2016-2017 Flu Cases Hitting North Dakota Hard

Nearly 200 cases of influenza have been reported in Cass County alone

The 2016–2017 flu season is looking a bit worse than it did at this time last year. According to the CDC, every state is currently reporting influenza outbreaks. Young children, the elderly and people with chronic health problems are usually hit hardest by the flu. This year, influenza A viruses, which make victims sicker than other strains, is most common. In…