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Influenza activity downgraded to local; deaths continue to be confirmed


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that influenza activity in the state has been downgraded to "local," as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The reclassification reflects the fact that influenza activity is now occurring primarily in the northwestern region of the state, although flu activity continues to be reported across the rest of Minnesota.

There were no school outbreaks reported for the week and the proportion of patients visiting doctors' offices with influenza-like illness was less than one percent in those sites that reported patient visits to MDH.

There continues to be cases of H1N1 novel influenza in Minnesota. There were 21 hospitalizations due to influenza in the past week; 18 were confirmed as H1N1.

Although influenza activity is down, the department has confirmed 10 more influenza-related deaths in Minnesota residents. One of the deaths was due to seasonal influenza type B and occurred in a child who had underlying health conditions. The death is the first in a child associated with influenza B for the 2009-10 season. The death occurred at the end of October.

There have been three influenza B cases identified by MDH and an additional case reported since September 1 in hospitalized patients with influenza. There have been no seasonal influenza type A viruses confirmed by MDH this fall.

Of the other nine deaths, seven were due to H1N1, two were due to influenza A (subtype unspecified). The deaths occurred between October 27 and November 19. Those who died ranged in age from a child less than 9 years to an adult in their 90s. All but two of the 10 newly reported deaths occurred in people known to have underlying health conditions.

These latest deaths due to H1N1 bring the total number of influenza deaths to 45 since April, including 39 confirmed as H1N1 novel influenza.

Health officials noted that these are deaths for which the department completed its investigation this week and that MDH continues to investigate possible H1N1 and other influenza-related deaths on an ongoing basis. Information about deaths and other H1N1-related information is posted regularly to the MDH Web site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/stats/index.html.

Because there is continuing activity, health officials recommend that Minnesotans continue to take all the important precautions to protect themselves and others fro .....
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Fillmore County to offer large H1N1 vaccination clinic

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health will be offering a mass H1N1 vaccination clinic for the priority groups listed below at Harmony Community Center located at 225 3rd Avenue SW in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
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More Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Arrives in Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering a final round of seasonal influenza immunizations for anyone over the age of six months. These seasonal influenza clinics will be offered in four locations around the county during December. Dece ..... 
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H1N1 vaccinations come to R-P schools

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is moving forward with the Minnesota Department of Health recommendation to start school vaccination clinics for children age five to nine years. It is anticipated that the vaccination process for this group of youth wi ..... 
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Health Talk & You

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

We've all heard the warnings that yo-yo dieting is hazardous to your health, but most of us look past these warnings and keep trying to lose weight anyway. Fortunately, yo-yo dieting, also known as diet cycling, may not be as bad as we once thought. ..... 
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Health Talk & You

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The failure of our long-term care system is America's best-kept embarrassing secret.

Almost every adult in this country will either enter a nursing home or have a parent or other relative who does. Demographic studies suggest that 40 percent ..... 
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