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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations


Wed, Nov 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



It's not too late to get a flu shot and there is plenty of flu vaccine available, say state health officials. In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization (MCAI) and other organizations will sponsor the annual Ban the Bug campaign Dec. 5 through Dec. 11 by providing opportunities for Minnesotans to catch up on their influenza vaccination. The campaign coincides with the Centers for Disease Control's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

In many communities around the state, local public health agencies, nonprofit groups and health care organizations will sponsoradditional influenza vaccination clinics during the week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, as well as the entire month of December.

"This year there is an ample supply of flu vaccine so everyone who wants to get vaccinated should do so," said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Division. "In fact, a new recommendation this year is that anyone 6 months and older should get an influenza vaccination," she said. "The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated."

Flu seasons in Minnesota typically peak anytime between January and April, so getting an influenza vaccination now can provide months of protection.

"If you haven't been vaccinated for influenza yet, now is a great time to do it," Ehresmann said. "These special Ban the Bug clinics offer a great opportunity. You'll be doing a lot to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy this winter."

This year, it should be easier than ever to get a flu shot because there are more places to get one, Ehresmman noted. Pharmacists can now give flu shots and last year's experience with H1N1 brought many new health care partners and providers on board. To find the flu clinic location nearest you, go to the MDH influenza website at www.mdhflu.com and select Find a Flu Shot Clinic.

Flu shots also may be given at other locations and times not listed on the MDH website. Check with your physician's office or regular walk-in clinic about getting vaccinated against the flu. For those who don't like shots, a nasal spray is also available for healthy people ages 2 through 49.

The cost of vaccinations will vary at each site. Those who have Medicare Part B or other health insurance should remember to bring their cards with them. Those seeking shots are asked to wear short sleeves, .....
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13,302 MOTORISTS TICKETED FOR NOT BUCKLING UP IN OCTOBER

Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - An enhanced statewide seat belt enforcement campaign that ran October 8-28, resulted in 13,302 seat belt tickets. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safetycoordinated the effort among 400 law ..... 
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State health officials confirm flu death in elderly woman

Mon, Oct 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



State health officials are bracing for what they say could be a difficult year for the elderly in coping with influenza.

A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota died last week from complications due to influenza. The Minnesota ..... 
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More Minnesota employers and unions will receive help providing health coverage to early retirees and their families

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly 1,000 additional employers and unions have been approved to participate in the Affordable Care Act's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, bringing total participants to 3,000 to date; applications still being accepted

The U.S. Department ..... 
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Mapping and Planning Efforts Expanded for the Full Five Year Program

Tue, Sep 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





St. Paul, MN - The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Connect Minnesota approximately $2.7 million, under the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (SBD ..... 
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Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs in August

Thu, Sep 16th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



For Immediate Release Contact: Kirsten Morell, 651-259-7161

September 16, 2010 Kirsten.Morell@state.mn.us

Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs

in August

~Unemployment rate at 7 percent~

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employer ..... 
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MINNESOTA FARMERS OFFER FREE GROCERIES FOR A YEAR!

Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN. (Sept. 15, 2010) - Thousands of Minnesota consumers have learned that a chance to win free groceries for a year is just a mouse click away. In fact, since the Minnesota "Farmers Feed US" promotion at www.FarmersFeedUS.org launched on ..... 
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BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BUS SAFETY 101 FOR ALL

Wed, Sep 8th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging motorists to "see yellow" and be ready to respond to school buses and student pedestrians as school resumes in Minnesota. Officials stress motorists ..... 
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DWI CRACKDOWN CONTINUES THROUGH LABOR DAY AS GOVERNOR DECLARES FRIDAY "DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER DAY"

Thu, Sep 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Heightened DWI enforcement efforts will surround Labor Day weekend, the seventh deadliest weekend of the year for alcohol-related deaths according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

Around 4 ..... 
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