Flu/H1N1/Swine Flu

Flu season deaths in Minnesota double in a week as illness kills 8 more people

[KMSP Fox 9, Jan. 9, 2020] In a week, Minnesota has seen the number of people who died from the flu this season double, as the Department of Health has reported eight more deaths. Health officials say the median age of death is 80 and none of the deaths have been children at this time. […]

Hospitals report more flu cases, even as school outbreaks ebb with the holiday

[Star Tribune, Jan. 2, 2020] Minnesota hospitals admitted 117 influenza patients last week, the highest weekly total for the season, according to a Minnesota Health Department flu update on Thursday. So far, 505 people have been hospitalized for the flu, which is about the midrange for recent influenza seasons. Most of the patients tested were […]

Flu season strikes Minnesota early this year

[WCCO Radio, December 23, 2019] Flu season is kicking in early this year. In particular influenza B is the predominant strain which tends to hit kids more than the elderly. Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame talked with WCCO Radio about what’s out there and how best to deal with it.

Can higher humidity ward off the flu bug?

[KARE 11, December 20, 2019] You may be safer from the flu in a humid room than in a dry one according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. KARE 11 News talked with Allina Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame about why that is.

Allina Health announces temporary flu season hospital visitor guidelines

Allina Health announces temporary flu season hospital visitor guidelines

[New Ulm Journal, Dec. 20, 2019] Starting Friday, Dec. 20, Allina Health will implement temporary visitor guidelines to protect all patients and staff due to influenza at all of hospitals and at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Transitional Rehabilitation Program, inpatient care in Golden Valley. Allina Health implements visitor guidelines when the Minnesota Department of Health determines […]

Flu season looking like early peak this year

[KSTP-TV, December 12, 2019] Minnesota health officials say the state can expect an early peak flu season that may be especially tough on children. New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show influenza is spiking. Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, also said it’s not too late for the shot […]

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.