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CDC: Up to 7.3 Million Hit By Flu So Far

We're taking a closer look at how the MN Dept. of Health is trying to stay on top of influenza

Posted: Jan 11, 2019 6:53 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 6:53 PM

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nose... muscle aches... and chills. if you're feeling any of those symptoms you could be one of the more than 7 million americans hit by the flu this season. kimt news three's annalise johnson joins us live. she's learning there's a new way that researchers are tracking the flu virus. annalise? george á i'm here at hyvee crossroads pharmacy á one of the many places in rochester where you can get your annual flu shot. but if you do wind up with some flu symptoms á the minnesota department of health is asking for your help to better understand the virus. xxx "no" "not with the flu, no" annie and eliza lauffer along with tim mcclure have avoided the flu this season... but they're all protected by the flu shot. "everybody i know got flu shots" "i have to for my profession so yeah" the minnesota department of health and cádá c are working on a way to better understand the flu... they're asking people with flu symptoms to swab their noses á and send it to their lab. on a website called flu near you á they'll be able to map out where in the country people are reporting symptoms á and track how the flu is spreading. the lauffers say they can't remember the last time they've been sick with the flu "been pretty lucky, other than like the common cold" flu aside, mcclure still caught a cold. "runny nose, fever, headache, but no nausea" here are the latest numbers of people hospitalized because of the flu... in iowa á there have been 60 so far this season. in minnesota á that number is 165. in addition to the flu shot á what's another way people try to avoid getting sick? "i just take a lot of vitamin c" in our area á the flu actually isn't nearly as bad as it was this time of year last year. while there were about 30 hospitalization s in minnesota last week á there were more than 500 during that time in 2018. live in rochester annalise johnson kimt news 3./// thank you annalise. that difference between now and 2018 in iowa is similar á but not as drastic. the cádác says one reason for this drop is likely because more people are getting their flu
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