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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations


Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, 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 are sponsoring the annual Ban the Bug campaign beginning the week of Jan. 10-16 by providing opportunities for Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations.

The kick-off week of 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 sponsor influenza vaccination clinics during the week ofJan. 10 through Jan. 16, as well as the entire month of January. In addition, vaccine is now available at a wide variety of locations, including retail clinics and pharmacies.

When the supply of H1N1 vaccine was limited, MDH and its partners made extensive efforts to vaccinate those at highest risk for complications from the H1N1 virus first, including most children. There is now plenty of vaccine coming into the state for the remainder of the population.

"We've done what we can to vaccinate our children and those most vulnerable to H1N1. Now it's time for the rest of us to be vaccinated," said Kristen Ehresmann, director of MDH's infectious disease division. "The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated."

Ehresmann stressed that it's not too late to get vaccinated. While influenza illnesses have declined in Minnesota, there is still sporadic activity; four states still have widespread flu activity and 13 report regional activity. Influenza may continue for several weeks or months yet, and it's possible that other waves of influenza may occur, caused by H1N1 or regular seasonal flu viruses. At the same time, vaccine supply is increasing. "This presents us with a window of opportunity to protect ourselves through vaccination from any possible new wave of disease," Ehresmann said.

In previous pandemics of novel influenza strains, third waves have occurred in winter following spring and fall waves. "Influenza is very unpredictable. We don't know what will happen in the future, but we can give ourselves some assurance and certainty with a flu shot or nasal spray," Ehresmann said.

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Students Are Making "Cents" this Winter

Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

An estimated 73 million "Pennies for Patients" will be donated to the Minnesota Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of local students who are survivors of leukemia and lymphoma.

December 29, 2009-GOLDEN VALLEY, MN - More than 3 ..... 
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Our Friends at U of M Regional Extension Offices and MAES:

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Holiday greetings from the Minnesota Grown Program.



Hope this holiday season finds you all happy & healthy.



We are very thankful that all is good with the Minnesota Grown Program as we conclude 2009. We have appreciate ..... 
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Saint Paul Public Library and Friends awarded two-year grant for Mobile Workplace project

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Project will allow Saint Paul Public Library to increase access to job search assistance and computer-based job skill training outside of Library facilities, particularly for people who speak English as their second language.

December 21, 2009 ..... 
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SNOW IS ON THE WAY - ADAPT NOW FOR WINTER DRIVING

Mon, Dec 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - With snowfall predicted across Minnesota, the Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT) urge motorists to adapt driving skills to winter road conditions and be buckled up, patient and attentive behind the wheel. During ..... 
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Drivers urged to give farm equipment operators extra room

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Transportation and Public Safety departments urge motorists to use extra caution on state highways now that farmers are shipping their crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants.

"Truck traffic inc ..... 
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An Invitation into the Future with The Minnesota Project

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

In 2039, what will we be eating; how will travel; and will our teens still be celebrating their high school prom? The Minnesota Project will provide a light and humorous look into the future of sustainability at its 30th anniversary celebration on Sa ..... 
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Latino AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota set for October 15

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

For the seventh year, Minnesota joins the nationwide observance on Oct. 15 of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) in response to the rising HIV infection rates among Latinos across the nation. This year's national theme is, United we can: Stop ..... 
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Minnesota Historical Society Launches Grant Program to Preserve State's History and Cultural Heritage

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Society to award $6.75 million statewide for projects of enduring value

over the next two years;

Deadline for first grant application is October 30.

ST. PAUL (Oct. 6, 2009) – Without a concerted effort, our state’s hi< ..... 
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