Flu Still Widespread in MN, But Hospitalizations Declining

(Mankato, MN) – The flu is still widespread in Minnesota, but the number of hospitalizations continue to decline since hitting a peak last month.

According to the latest data, there were 306 influenza hospitalizations in the state for the week ending February 3rd, down from 498 the week earlier.

Since the flu season began there have been 3,839 hospitalizations, which is already more than all of last year. More than 600 of the hospitalizations have been in southern Minnesota. All ages have been impacted, but the majority of the hospitalizations have been among those 65-years or older.

The latest figures also show 102 new school outbreaks for the week ending February 3rd, bringing the total number of school outbreaks so far this flu season to 417.

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