(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN) Over the last reporting week, there were 60 flu-related outbreaks across the state, this compares to just 14 the week before.
The health department’s Karen Martin says the dominant strain so far this year, Influenza B and it does tend to affect younger people a little bit more. In fact, we’re seeing a lot of outbreaks in schools this time of year. But that said anyone can get infected with Influenza B and we have seen some severe cases with Influenza B in all age groups.
Flu activity is now categorized as widespread across the state.
Martin says it’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t already, in that it’s only December and we often see it circulating until late spring.. so April, May and sometimes later.
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