Health Department Reports 3 More Pediatric Flu Deaths

Health Department Reports 3 More Pediatric Flu Deaths Photo: KSTP

February 15, 2018 10:39 PM

Three more children have died in Minnesota from influenza, according to the latest figures provided by the state Department of Health.

In its weekly Influenza and Respiratory Illness Activity Report, the MDH says the flu remains widespread in the state during the sixth week of reporting. Though the number of people hospitalized for the disease in the week ending Feb. 10 was down significantly compared to the peak of more than 650 during week three.


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Just one pediatric death had been reported prior to this week. 

There have now been 4,271 flu-related hospitalizations in the state during the current flu season, according to the report. That's up from 3,738 a year ago.

There were 108 new school influenza-like outbreaks this week, compared to 102 such outbreaks last week, according to the report.

The current flu season remains the most significant since the 2009 season.  


Michael Oakes

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