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Tips on avoiding flu

[KARE 11, Dec. 18, 2014] The Minnesota Department of Health says school influenza outbreaks are spiking, one sign an even bigger outbreak may be coming. That’s because as many people get together this week for the holidays, they may spread the virus, and children can pass it on quickly. “That’s the thing about influenza,” said […]

Tamiflu may be hard to find, but don’t give up

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 18, 2014] As the number of influenza illnesses surges, one drug you can get from your doctor, Tamiflu, can be tough to find. Doctors agree that it is effective, but Tamiflu may also be hard to find, especially when you need it the most. In some cases, the supply is limited as wholesalers […]

Flu 101: Questions and answers about the flu this year

[KMSP Fox 9, Dec. 15, 2014] Influenza is spreading in Minnesota. One death has already been attributed to the virus. So what do you need to know about the flu this year? Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, Frank Rhame, MD, talked with Fox 9 News about the strains or the virus going around this […]

Influenza spreads in Minnesota

[KARE 11, Dec. 11, 2014] It’s here early and hitting hard. That’s what Minnesota doctors are saying about influenza, which the Minnesota Department of Health now calls “widespread.” About 185 Minnesotans have so far been hospitalized, and some cases nationwide are resisting vaccines. “It changes a lot every year,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, Infectious Disease […]

Dealing with the flu, keeping kids healthy

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 10, 2014] A Southern Minnesota teen has died after battling flu-like symptoms over the past week, raising the question, what are the best ways to keep your kids healthy. Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health Clinic infectious disease specialist, talked with KSTP about what parents should know and when you should see your doctor.

Flu shot might not be perfect, but get one anyway

[KSTP-TV, Dec. 4, 2014] The flu vaccine may not be as effective this winter as hoped because the season’s most common strain has mutated, or “drifted,” from the form the shot targets, according to U.S. health officials. CDC officials think the vaccine should provide some protection and still are urging people to get vaccinated. Allina […]

Youth hockey player died of heart condition

[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 17, 2014] Patrick Schoonover, a bantam hockey player from Eastview, Minn. tragically collapsed on the ice while playing at the Brainerd Area Civic Center on Friday, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the 14-year-old’s death was caused by a heart condition. That’s the most common cause of a sudden […]

Mumps hit the Minnesota Wild

[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 14, 2014] The Minnesota Wild are dealing with a few suspected cases of mumps after playing west coast teams with players who now have confirmed cases of mumps. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Frank Rhame, MD,  says the  mumps in adults is nothing to take lightly.

Researchers to parents: Put down that cell phone

[WCCO-TV, August 18, 2014] Parents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing? New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their […]

Ebola warnings: Reason for concern, not fear

[KSTC-TV45, August 7, 2014] KSTP’s Chris Egert sat down with Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health Clinics, to talk about the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Rhame talked about how the disease is transmitted, how the three countries most affected are coping, and information from the Centers for Disease Control.