Flu/H1N1/Swine Flu

Flu activity now widespread in Minnesota

[KARE 11, March 8, 2016] The CDC says flu activity is considered widespread across the Upper Midwest right now– including Minnesota– after a relatively quiet season up until now. Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health, says it is not too late to take steps to protect yourself.

District One Hospital places restrictions on visitors due to widespread influenza

District One Hospital places restrictions on visitors due to widespread influenza

[March 4, 2016] District One Hospital, along with other Allina Health locations around Minnesota, is imposing visitor restrictions due to the increase of influenza cases across the state. The Minnesota Department of Health released its latest report on the number of cases of influenza at the end of February, showing an increase of 64 percent […]

What happened to flu season?

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 26, 2016] Local doctors are cautiously optimistic and somewhat surprised by this year’s flu season, because there really hasn’t been one. Last year 4,153 people were hospitalized with the flu in Minnesota. So far this winter it’s only 63. Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame says historically flu season peaks […]

It’s time for your flu shot

[WCCO-TV, Oct. 8] It’s not too early to get your flu shot to protect yourself and your family for the 2015-2016 influenza season. Allina Health Plymouth Clinic family medicine physician, Dr. Mark Stevenson talked with WCCO-TV about this year’s vaccine and what may be in store.

Virus or bacteria? Know how to fight your enemy

[Star Tribune, Jan. 13, 2015] Pinpointing the culprit behind your winter crud — virus or bacteria — is the first step in understanding how to treat it. At a time when public health officials warn that antibiotics are overused, getting the right diagnosis takes on new significance. Antibiotics work on bacterial infections but not on […]

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.