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Minnesotans encouraged to be persistent in getting seasonal flu shots


Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesotans seeking seasonal flu shots who find their health care provider is temporarily out of vaccine should not be discouraged, state health officials say, but should keep checking with their provider to see when more will be available. Adequate supplies of seasonal flu vaccine are expected in the state, but some providers have already used up their initial orders while others have not yet received theirs.

The problem may actually be a good sign, said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Control Division for the Minnesota Department of Health. "So many Minnesotans have been responding to our calls to get vaccinated early for seasonal influenza this year that the supply in the pipeline hasn't been able to keep up with the demand," Ehresmann said. "But more vaccine is on the way, so keep checking back with your provider to find out when they will have it."

Vaccination for seasonal influenza is as important as ever this year, health officials say, because both the regular flu viruses and the novel H1N1 influenza virus are expected to be circulating at the same time this fall and winter.

"Getting the seasonal flu shot as it becomes available is an important step in protecting yourself from the influenza season that we anticipate in Minnesota," Ehresmann said.

Full protection from influenza this year may require at least two vaccinations for most people: one for seasonal (regular) flu and one for novel H1N1, so it's not too early to start thinking about when and where you will get your seasonal flu shot. Children under 9 may require two doses of seasonal vaccine and are also in the recommended group to receive 2009 H1N1 vaccine.

Some health care and vaccination providers have already received some of their orders for seasonal flu vaccine, and they are being encouraged to offer the flu shots to patients as soon as they have it. However, health officials say flu shots can be given at almost any time during the flu season. Seasonal influenza usually arrives in Minnesota in December or January.

Seasonal flu shots are typically administered from October through January or February, with the bulk given in November. However, this year is different. Vaccine manufacturers and providers have attempted to make seasonal flu vaccine available earlier than usual so that when vaccine for the novel H1N1 virus arrives, now expected to be by mid-October, the public and the health care system can foc .....
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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OPENS GREATER MINNESOTA CHAPTER

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

New York, NY - September 21, 2009 - The American Foundation for Suicide

Prevention (AFSP) has opened its newest chapter. The addition of the

Greater Minnesota Chapter brings the total number of AFSP chapters in the

U.S. to 36. ..... 
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MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS HIT 300 FOR THE YEAR

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945. As of September 21, the state has recorded 302 traffic ..... 
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State health officials are tracking apparent upswing in flu activity across Minnesota

Sat, Sep 19th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are tracking what appears to be a significant increase in influenza-like illness across the state.

Based on reports of increased influenza-like illness in schools and at sentinel reporting ..... 
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1,873 BUSTED DURING END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN

Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - An Aug. 21-Sept. 7 statewide DWI enforcement campaign resulted in 1,873 DWI arrests - more than 100 DWIs a day. The average alcohol-concentration of the DWI offenders was 0.16 - twice the legal limit of 0.08. Preliminary arrest totals were ..... 
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4 CHILD TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2009 - NONE RESTRAINED

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary 2009 crash facts from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reveal that none of four children under age 7 killed in crashes this year were properly restrained and seven of 10 children seriously injured were also not i ..... 
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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five ..... 
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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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Statement by Congressman Tim Walz on President Obama's Speech

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Tim Walz. Mr. Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was Congressman Walz's guest at tonight's Joint Session of Congress.

"I'm pleased ..... 
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