Minnesota reports 1st flu death of season

Grant Boone
November 4, 2019

A man in his 90s who died of influenza is the first reported death of the flu season in Washington state.

The Minnesota Department of Health included the one death in its Weekly Influenza and Respiratory Illness Activity Report released on Thursday.

Peterborough Public Health is reporting the first lab-confirmed case of seasonal influenza in the area, and is encouraging people to get a flu shot.

When it comes to seasonal influenza, getting a flu shot now is your best defence to keep you healthy over the holiday season.

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Mild side effects of the flu vaccine may include a slight fever, muscle pain for a few days and soreness around the injection site.

THD does have flu vaccine available for children through age 18 years who qualify for VFC: Medicaid-eligible, Native American/Alaskan Native, uninsured, or underinsured (insurance does not cover vaccine).

It not only reduces the chances that the person who gets the shot could come down with influenza, but it also is important to help stop the spread of flu and protect vulnerable people in the community.

Flu shots are offered at pharmacies, health care providers and local health districts. It takes two weeks for a flu shot to become effective. They include washing your hands often, not touching your face, covering your cough and staying home when sick.

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