influenza

Essentia Health begins flu vaccinations

FARGO, N.D.–Community members can now begin receiving flu shots at Essentia Health. The flu shot is recommended for anyone six months and older, including those with compromised immune systems and chronic medical conditions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone looking to receive a flu shot must make an appointment prior to arriving at a clinic. The Essentia Health 32nd Avenue…

Sanford offering flu blitz in Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO, ND — Sanford Health is making it easier than ever to get a flu shot in a year when it’s more important than ever. In the Fargo-Moorhead metro, Sanford Health has several new options available for people to get the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination. Drive through vaccination blitzes will be offered at the Fargodome on Saturdays throughout the Fall…

Local healthcare providers prepare for flu season and COVID-19 pandemic to coincide

A Sanford Health infectious disease specialist says getting your flu shot is more important this year than ever

FARGO, N.D. — Medical workers are concerned over the flu season and the coronavirus pandemic merging this fall. Just like most healthcare providers across the country, Sanford Health in Fargo is in preparation mode. “We ramp up our testing supplies and we are rolling out a massive campaign for early influenza vaccination so we can have most people, as many…

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…