influenza

43 Flu-Related Deaths in Minnesota this Season

MINNEAPOLIS–Health officials say influenza remains widespread throughout Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly report, six more people have died from the flu, bring the total number of deaths this season to 43, including one child. The department says there have been 182 hospitalizations and 87 school outbreaks in just a week. Categories: Health, Minnesota News Tags: DEATHS,…

Sanford Health Temporarily Isolates Patient On Novel Coronavirus Fears

the man came in with symptoms consistent with influenza and other respiratory viruses

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health isolates a patient for possible novel coronavirus testing since the man recently traveled. Hospital officials say the man came in with symptoms consistent with influenza and other respiratory viruses. After consulting with the state of North Dakota, it was determined the man did not meet current CDC guidelines for further novel coronavirus testing. Sanford is…

Influenza, RSV of Greater Immediate Concern to Region Than Coronavirus

Officials at Sanford say there are health concerns that are a more immediate threat already active in our region.

With fears of a pandemic on the horizon due to the Wuhan Coronavirus that originated in China, Officials at Sanford say there are health concerns that are a more immediate threat already active in our region. Influenza and RSV, the respiratory syncytial virus, are two viruses that pose the highest risks to people of all ages in our region. In…

Minnesota reports First Child Death of Flu Season

A total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials are reporting the first child death of the flu season. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, a total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season. The number of people hospitalized due to the flu has topped 1,200 this season, with…

Fargo Cass Public Health to Hold Flu Shot Friday Event

The North Dakota Department of Health says it is not too late to get a flu shot.

FARGO, N.D.–Fargo Cass Public Health hopes to increase flu vaccination rates with a walk-in Flu Shot Friday event on January 10. The event is in response to the North Dakota Department of Health’s reported increase in influenza activity. The event will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Linden Room at Fargo Cass Public Health. Flu shots will…

Six Deaths Related to Flu Outbreak in Minnesota

None of the deaths involved children.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials say an outbreak of early flu strains has contributed to the deaths of six people. There were 60 cases of flu-like illness reported to the state last week. That’s a five-fold increase from the week before. The Department of Health says the flu continues to spread statewide, with cases reported in every region. It has…

Flu Season Off to Unusual Start

Season kicking off with Influenza B rather than typical A-strain

FARGO, N.D. — The CDC estimates that at least 1,300 people nationwide have died from the flu this year. While this number doesn’t surprise one North Dakota epidemiologist, the type of flu affecting people in our region does. “It is a little unusual, if you look back at prior seasons, the A-string is predominant early in the season, and then…

Minnesota Reports 1st Flu Death of Season

Four school outbreaks were reported last week.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota has reported its first flu death of the season. The Minnesota Department of Health says it was an adult who died. So far no children have died of influenza in Minnesota this season. Health officials say flu activity was sporadic in Minnesota during the week that ended Saturday. Preliminary reports show 19 people in Minnesota have been…

Sanford Health Is Offering Flu Shots as Flu Season Nears

There are 15 Reported Cases Of The Flu So Far in Cass County.

CASS COUNTY, N.D – Flu season is fast approaching. The flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. It can cause fever and chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and runny or stuffy nose. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and…

Minnesota Health Experts Urge Flu Shots as Soon as Possible

The flu vaccine is recommended for almost everyone six months of age and older.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Health officials are urging Minnesotans to get flu shots as soon as possible. Jennifer Heath of the Minnesota Department of Health says the flu season could begin anytime. Only about half of the people eligible get the flu vaccine. If more people got immunized, she says, fewer people would get sick, even people who don’t get vaccinated. The…