Flu cases continue surge in Minnesota, H1N1 most common strain - KMSP-TV

Flu cases continue surge in Minnesota, H1N1 most common strain

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

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.

Influenza is widespread in Minnesota, with 378 cases reported this season.

FLU STATS

- 19 flu cases have been reported in Minnesota K-12 schools this season

- 4 cases have been reported in long-term care facilities

- Since the start of the flu season, no flu-related child deaths have been reported in Minnesota

H1N1 SYMPTOMS: Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

DID YOU KNOW? People can emit flu germs in air up to 6 feet away

As a precaution, Fairview hospitals put additional restrictions into place Thursday:

- Visitors under 5 years old will not be allowed in

- Anyone with flu-like symptoms are being asked to stay away.

- Hand washing is being encouraged at every turn.

Minnesota isn't seeing quite the high level outbreaks like some states in the South, but doctors are still stressing the importance of a flu shot, which can prevent the flu and help reduce symptoms significantly if you catch a virus.

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