ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health is issuing its first flu report of the season.
The level of influenza activity in the state for the week ending October 6 is classified as “sporadic,” the next-to-lowest level on the scale. Two people were hospitalized for the flu, one in central Minnesota and one in west-central Minnesota. The average age of those hospitalized is 45 years old.
One school has reported an outbreak of influenza-like illnesses, which means at least 5 percent of the student body have been absent from the same elementary class.
The 2017-2018 flu season in Minnesota was the worst in the last five years, with 6,446 hospitalizations reported and five child deaths related to influenza.