Flu remains widespread in Minnesota, across the nation

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 18, 2017] Hundreds of new cases of the flu are still popping up across Minnesota, and many of those people are ending up in the hospital. More than 400 Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu last week.

“We know for sure that it started unusually early, we know that it’s mostly H3N2, which tends to be a severe illness and tends to be less protected against by the vaccine,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist for Allina Health.

New numbers Thursday from the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu is still widespread, and that there was a big jump in the number of outbreaks in schools and long-term care facilities. The flu is widespread across the nation, not just here in Minnesota.

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