Flu/H1N1/Swine Flu

Preparing for flu season

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 19, 2019] Health officials are urging the public to be prepared for this year’s flu season. Allina Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Frank Rhame joined KSTP News to share some tips. Rhame says it’s time to get your flu vaccine right now, before the peak flu season hits. Dr. Rhame also discussed the […]

It may take 7 years to develop, but here’s why a universal flu shot is important

[Healthline, Oct. 7, 2019] The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced it’s giving a coalition of 15 universities and research organizations up to $130 million over 7 years to develop a universal flu inoculation. The hope is the longer the research goes, the longer the initial vaccines would last. “I’ve been at this for a […]

CDC worried about potentially severe flu season

[KSTP-TV, Sept. 24, 2019] A little pain now might save you a lot of pain later. The CDC is pushing for flu shots earlier this year compared to others in hopes of driving up vaccination numbers. Dr. Frank Rhame with Allina Health says timing can be tricky since flu season can often last through April. […]

Time to get your flu vaccine

[WCCO-TV, Sept. 24, 2019] The Centers for Disease Control are urging everyone to get their flu vaccine early this year because the flu has been showing earlier than normal in other countries. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with WCCO-TV News about what we might expect this flu season.

Flu season has yet to peak in Minnesota

[KMSP Fox 9, March 14, 2019] If you’ve made it through the winter months so far flu-free, the Minnesota Department of Health says don’t let your guard down. “Influenza is very hard to predict, anyone who tries to predict it, don’t trust them,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health infectious disease specialist. While cases have […]

Flu season ramping up in Minnesota

[KARE 11, Jan. 24, 2019] The new Minnesota influenza report shows outbreaks at schools are on the rise for the second week in a row. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), 30 schools reported outbreaks last week, up from 12 the week before. The report comes after one Minnesota school closed because 20 […]

Widespread flu forces visitor restrictions at Allina Health hospitals

[KARE 11, Jan. 21, 2019] Allina Health has put visitor restrictions into effect at all its hospitals and clinics since the Minnesota Department of Health has declared influenza widespread across the state. The restrictions ask that children under the age of 5 not visit patients. If you are sick, please refrain from visiting patients. And […]

Understanding the FDA’s new food labels

[KARE 11, 2018] Serving sizes, added sugars and different vitamins – food labels are getting a makeover to help consumers make healthy choices about what we eat. Allina Health registered dietician Elizabeth Vander Laan with Abbott Northwestern Hospital talked with KARE 11 News about why understanding the changes on our labels is key to improving […]

With flu season fast approaching, when should you get vaccinated?

[KARE 11, Sept. 18, 2018] Fall officially begins Saturday, September 22, meaning flu season is just around the corner and health officials are already urging people to prepare for what could be another nasty flu season. Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, talked with KARE-TV about the flu and what we […]

Flu season winds down, but it’s not over yet

[KARE 11, May 7, 2018] If you thought flu season was over because it’s spring, think again. While the worst is winding down, doctors say we’re not out of the woods just yet. Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health Clinics, talked with KARE 11 to discuss what we learned from this […]