Minnesota Department of Health

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…

Minnesota Reports 2 More Vaping Related Deaths

Minnesota has 73 people with confirmed or probable cases of lung illness due to vaping.

MINNEAPOLIS–Minnesota health officials are reporting the state’s second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping. The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One had vaped several products including THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. The other patient had vaped unknown products in…

New Survey Shows Surge in Vaping by Minnesota Young People

Minnesota now has 55 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the jump among 8th graders was even more significant, with 11% reporting vaping in the preceding 30 days, nearly double the 2016 figure….

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…

Abortions in Minnesota See 2% Decline in 2018

The vast majority of abortions were performed in a woman's first trimester.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Statistics released by the state Department of Health show there were 9,910 abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018, a 2% decrease from the year before. While the overall numbers declined, the number of people who traveled to Minnesota for an abortion increased by 8% over 2017, with the bulk of out-of-state residents traveling from Wisconsin….

MN Governor Appoints State Health Commissioner

Commissioner Jan Malcolm is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

St. Paul, MN — (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton has named former Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm to again lead the agency, after the previous head resigned over problems in handling complaints of abuse in senior care centers. Malcolm held the job under Gov. Jesse Ventura from 1999 to 2003. Dayton cited her experience in that job and as a nonprofit health…