Flu/H1N1/Swine Flu

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 […]

Flu hitting different age groups this year

[KSTP TV, Jan. 16, 2014] After starting slow, influenza is now widespread throughout the state of Minnesota, although we’re seeing far fewer cases than last year. But there is a major difference with who this year’s flu is impacting. The very old and the very ill are typically the folks who get hit hardest during […]

Influenza strains target younger Minnesotans

[KARE, Jan. 7, 2014] The flu season in Minnesota is expected to get worse as students return from winter break this week. Minnesota Department of Health officials said there were 111 new hospitalizations in the state last week. So far this week, there are 96 and counting. In the emergency department at Allina West Health […]

Flu season is here

[WCCO TV, Dec. 26, 2013] New numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show influenza season is here in earnest. Hospitalized cases of influenza doubled last week after several weeks of gradual increases. WCCO TV News spoke to Allina Medical Clinic infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame about the sharp uptick in cases and what […]

Why do we only get flu in the winter?

[WCCO TV, Oct. 30, 2013] Why does it seem we only get the flu in cold weather months? That’s the Good Question that WCCO’s Heather Brown put to Dr. Frank Rhame, an Allina Medical Clinic infectious disease specialist. Watch the answer here.

What if it’s not the flu?

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Oct. 22, 2013] Sue Johnson thought she had the flu 8 months ago. Like many people, she decided to ride it out at home—especially since influenza is so contagious that’s what a doctor would encourage. It turned out, though, it wasn’t the fl. it was a kidney stone that caused an […]

It’s time for your flu shot

[KMSP Fox 9 News, September 30, 2013] October 1 is usually thought of as the start of the flu season. That means if you haven’t got your flu vaccine shot already, you should be thinking about getting it soon. Allina Medical Clinic infectious disease specialist, Dr. Wendolyn Slattery talked with Fox 9 News about what’s […]

Is September The Time For Flu Shots?

[WCCO-TV, September 16, 2013] It seems a far cry from those dreary winter days when the flu bug is biting, but under September’s sunshine, the influenza season is on the minds of many as they walk down Nicollet Mall. Karen Duerr was quick to point out Monday that she has already received her flu shot. […]

Why the flu vaccine needs to be better

Why the flu vaccine needs to be better

[Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 23, 2013] Dr. Craig Bowron, hospitalist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, recently wrote in The Huffington Post about his disappointment with the flu vaccine. Bowron joined The Daily Circuit Wednesday to discuss the flu vaccine and its effectiveness.

Southern Minnesota may be worst for flu in nation

[CNN, Jan. 9, 2013] An early flu season is being felt across the country this year, but perhaps nowhere more than southern Minnesota. Hospitals there, including New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health, have put into effect visitor restrictions because of the outbreak. New Ulm Medical Center medical director Joan Krikava, MD, talked with […]