Flu/H1N1/Swine Flu

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 […]

How can you flush the flu from your house?

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 13, 2018] A lot of people think that once the flu is gone, you need to disinfect your home from top to bottom. So how can you flush the flu from your house? Good Question. For Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Health infectious disease specialist, this has been as busy year as he can […]

Flu season keeps hanging on

[CCX News, Feb. 9, 2018] Across the country, this year is shaping up as one of the worst flu seasons in many years. At the West Health Emergency Department in Plymouth, Dr. Karen Wright talked with CCX News about the patients they’ve been seeing.

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 […]