22 December 2014

Flu Season in Minnesota

  • For the week of December 28th, 2014

    Minnesota is experiencing a widespread influenza outbreak, and this year’s predominant flu strain is particularly virulent. Health officials are still urging people to get a flu shot despite a Center for Disease Control report that this year’s vaccine is less effective than usual. On the next Access Minnesota, Kristen Ehresmann from the Minnesota Department of Health tells us how we can avoid catching and spreading the flu this season.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:07) The flu can describe a wide variety of symptoms, but influenza is respiratory disease (2:03) The flu is stronger this season than in past years ; (3:33) How health officials look for specific flu strains (5:09) The best time to get vaccinated; (6:53) Elderly and young are at the highest risk for the flu; (7:44) When the flu can become a deadly virus; (10:53) Why the flu is more prevalent in the winter (12:06) The three strains of influenza

  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:22) The cases of mumps in the NHL; (3:05) The issue of waning immunities; (4:49) Besides vaccines, there are other ways to prevent the spread of influenza; (6:12) The treatment centers set up for Ebola in Minnesota; (9:06) The unlikeliest of catching Ebola; (10:14) The MN Department of Health’s website has more information on the flu; (10:48) The website also provides a way to track the spread of influenza