The flu is sickening—and killing—people across the United States. Some cases in Minnesota have resulted in death.
A month ago, the Google flu trends graph listed Minnesota activity as "high." Now the graph is pegged above "intense."
On Tuesday, 14-year-old Carly Christenson of St. Louis Park died of flu-related complications.
Before Tuesday, The Minnesota Department of Health reported four deaths in the state so far this flu season (as of Dec. 29, 2012). One of those who died also was a teenager: Max Schwolert, 17, of Texas, died Dec. 29 while hospitalized in St. Paul after becoming sick with the flu. He had been visiting relatives in Wisconsin, the Star Tribune reported.
The Minnesota Department of Public Health's website said that as of Jan. 3, 578 persons have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza. However, an Associated Press story said 900 people have been hospitalized as of Wednesday, according to State Epidemiologist Brad Krier.
In the last week of December, 226 people alone were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Eden Prairie that offer the vaccine:
- 8240 Flying Cloud Drive
- 16395 Wagner Way
- 10180 Hennepin Town Road
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads