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Flu cases continue surge in Minnesota, H1N1 most common strain Video included

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The Minnesota Department of Health reported 144 flu-related hospitalizations in the week ending Jan. 4, with H1N1 the most commonly reported strain this season. More>>

Liquid Tamiflu for kids in short supply

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Manufacturing problems have created a shortage of the liquid form of Tamiflu, which is designed for young children who can't swallow capsules, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. More>>

Flu surge in Minnesota, H1N1 most common strain

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports 71 people were hospitalized with the flu last week. The H1N1 strain is the most common this year. More>>

Flu shot options abound, but what's the difference? Video included

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 45 percent of the U.S. population ages 6 months or older received the flu vaccine during the 2012-13 season, but the CDC says we can do better. More>>

People can emit flu germs in air up to 6 feet away

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People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air from up to six feet away, researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine found. More>>

People with egg allergy can safely get flu shot

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Flu vaccination is safe for children and adults with an egg allergy, according to new research that is especially timely in light of the current widespread flu. More>>

Do you have a cold or the flu?

Dr. Archelle Georgiou joined FOX 9 News to clear up the confusion between cold and flu symptoms.
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Pros and cons of small needle flu shot Video included

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Flu season isn't in full swing yet, but doctors say now is the time to get vaccinated -- and needle-shy patients have a new option this year that is supposed to be less painful than previous versions of the flu shot. More>>

Flu FAQ

What is influenza (flu)?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can be prevented by immunization. It is not the same as the "stomach flu." Flu is caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.

What are the symptoms of flu?

Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and put you in bed for several days.

How is the flu different from a cold?

A cold generally stays up in the head while the flu brings body aches, fever, and extreme fatigue. A person with a cold will usually keep up his or her normal activities, while someone with the flu will often feel too sick to do so.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Yes. This year's flu vaccine is made in the same way as past flu vaccines. Flu vaccines have an excellent safety record – with an average of 100 million doses used in the U.S. each year.

Can you get the flu from the flu shot?

No. Some people do get mild flu-like symptoms for a short time after being vaccinated, but this is a sign that your body is responding to the vaccine and giving you protection. It is not the flu. Also, because there are many cold viruses circulating in the fall, it is possible that a person could be infected and become ill at the same time they receive the flu vaccine.

When should I get vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. For best protection, flu vaccine is usually given in the fall before flu season starts. But you can get it anytime during flu season.

What if you think you have the flu?

- Stay home if you are ill.
- Rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Antibiotics will not help a person recover from the flu, because flu is caused by a virus, not by bacteria.
- Children often need help keeping their fever under control. Follow your child’s doctor’s instructions.

-Take your child to the doctor or the emergency room if he or she:

Breathes rapidly or with difficulty
Has bluish skin color
Does not drink enough and becomes dehydrated
Does not wake up or interact with others
Is so irritable that he or she doesn't want to be held, or
Gets better only to become sick again, with fever and a more severe cough

Source: Minnesota Dept. of Health

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