Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Dakota County Public Health offers local flu shot clinics in the next couple weeks.
Fighting the flu this late in the season is still a battle, even though fewer cases are being reported, according to the Dakota County Public Health Department. "Flu season isn't over yet," states a department media release. "If there is anyone in your family who needs a flu vaccination, it's not too late to vaccinate." The department is offering flu shot clinics in March — all in Apple Valley — for a reduced fee for eligible children and adults. Check the department's website to see if you are eligible, or call 952-891-7528. Babies who recently turned six months old should especially be vaccinated. Some children under 9-years-old need two doses, according to the department. March Clinics: All clinics will be held at the Dakota County …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Department of Health's latest numbers indicate worst of outbreak behind us.
Updated 11 a.m. Feb. 8: Minnesota's 2013 flu outbreak is definitely on the wane. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported Thursday afternoon that influenza killed 15 more state residents during the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2--less than half the number of deaths reported the previous week. So far this season, a total of 127 Minnesotans have died of flu-related illness. According to this report from the Star-Tribune, the vast majority of deaths and hospitalizations have occurred among the elderly. Only 108 people were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza during the Jan. 27-Feb. 2 period. Three weeks ago, 476 people were hospitalized. The MDH reported that only one long-term care facility and 19 schools reported outbreaks of …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The health department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state.
Follow Inver Grove Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter UPDATED STORY The influenza outbreak of 2012-13 has now killed 60 Minnesotans and hospitalized 1,842, according to information released late yesterday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state; which totaled 27 last week on Jan. 13. The total number of deaths is now nearly as high as that of the outbreak in 2009-10, which killed 67 Minnesotans. The number of flu-related hospitalizations actually exceeds the total of 2009-10. According to a Fox 9 news report, 88 percent of the deaths were patients age 65 or older, making up 53 …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Get answers from a medical doctor, a specialist in traditional Chinese medicine, and two public health professionals.
The numbers behind this winter's influenza epidemic can look really scary. It's sickened thousands and killed at least 27 in Minnesota alone, including a 14-year old St. Louis Park high schooler who was first hospitalized on Christmas Day. To top it off, the flu strains being passed around this year are spreading even further and faster than in most years. All together, it can make you worry that the next person to sneeze on you at the grocery store could give you the bug. It's the kind of worry that leaves you asking questions. How contagious is influenza? What can you do to steel yourself against the virus? How does a flu shot or an immune-boosting substance even work? To answer all your queries, Patch has asked a team of experts to …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Here's information on the influenza vaccine and where to get it in Inver Grove Heights.
Follow Inver Grove Heights Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter It's no secret that influenza reports have been nearly off the charts this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season peaks in January or February. Physicians recommend getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available up until about May. The CDC lists two different flu vaccines: If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are places in Inver Grove Heights that offer the vaccine: • Cub Pharmacy, 7860 Cahill Ave. • Walgreens, 9124 Broderick Blvd. • Walgreens, 5825 Cahill Ave. • HealthPartners Inver Grove Heights Clinic, 5625 Cenex Drive • Target Pharmacy, 7841 Amana Trail • Walgreens, 4560 S. …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the St. Paul area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in Minnesota, activity is considered "high-to-intense" now, while it was considered "moderate-to-high" at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Inver Grove Heights that offer the vaccine: Cub pharmacy Walgreens HealthPartners Clinic More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, …
Monday, April 11, 2011
The scientific research linking autism to vaccinations has been squashed. But is that enough to ease parental concern?
A recent measles outbreak in Minneapolis has brought to life the repercussions of not vaccinating children for infectious diseases like measles-mumps-rubella, but parents remain wary of the long-term cost of vaccinations for some children. A study by a British scientist, Andrew Wakefield, establishing a link between autism and the MMR vaccination was retracted in February by the prestigious medical journal that published it, citing fraudulent research. What scientists cannot retract is the seeded distrust among parents that remains. Some parents remain fearful of vaccination side effects, which can mimic the illness itself in the case of influenza. Others are still convinced of the link to autism, like some parents involved in the Somali …