Spike in Flu Deaths 18 Jan 13

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting another big spike in flu deaths and hospitalizations.

Officials say there were 33 influenza-related deaths during the second week of January and 476 people were hospitalized. That brings the state’s death toll to 60 since the start of the flu season in October. Officials say most of those deaths occurred since the first of the year.

A total of 1,842 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza.

92 schools and 46 nursing homes reported flu outbreaks between January 6th and 12th.

The M-D-H says it’s not too late to get the annual influenza vaccine.

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