As Flu Spreads, Super Bowl Event Organizers Work to Keep People Healthy

January 28, 2018 08:32 AM

As large crowds gather in downtown Minneapolis, Super Bowl event organizers are doing what they can to keep visitors healthy in the midst of a flu outbreak happening across the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week.


Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

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Super Bowl Experience organizers say they are doing everything they can to keep people healthy. Staff has been instructed to wipe down all exhibits multiple times a day with sanitizing wipes.

Volunteers with the United Way disinfect virtual reality equipment between each use at their booth at Super Bowl Experience.

Julie Dietline watched her son Jack test out the VR game, and said she appreciates the thought going into keeping families healthy.

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"They've been wiping everything down, sanitizing it before the kids use it," Dietline said. "I think they've been doing a really good job at everything that we've seen."

Health care providers are recommending that people without flu shots receive one. They also say people in crowded areas should wash their hands more often and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.

Jake Nelson said he's drilled those tips into his twin 12-year-old boys.

"You definitely always worry about it," Nelson said. "That's why we're always talking to our kids about washing their hands and stuff at school. But they're 12-year-old boys, so they have to be told to wash their hands when they come out of the bathroom."



Kirsten Swanson

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