The health department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jay Corn
Friday, January 18
UPDATED STORY The influenza outbreak of 2012-13 has now killed 60 Minnesotans and hospitalized 1,842, according to information released late yesterday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state; which totaled 27 last week on Jan. 13. The total number of deaths is now nearly as high as that of the swine flu outbreak of 2009-10, which killed 67 Minnesotans. The number of flu-related hospitalizations actually exceeds the total of 2009-10. Related posts: According to a Fox 9 news report, 88 percent of the deaths were patients age 65 or older, making up 53 of the 60 fatal cases this season. There were no deaths in the past week …
Rates were higher in December, and only scattered faculty absences being blamed on flu.
From Westonka school nurse, Lois VanDyke: We had more influenza like illness in December. Right now we are on the downside in all buildings, however that can change as the flu can come in waves. We have had one to two staff members out with the flu like illness too. Some parents have called in with a confirmation that their child has Influenza A. Most call in stating their child has fever, body aches, and sore throat. As for prevention, we follow the health departments recommendations: 1. stay home if you are sick. 2. wash your hands. 3. get a flu shot. 4. Stay away from others who are sick. Those of us in the health offices are taking students' temperatures, evaluating the sore throats and coughs, contacting parents if the student is too …