MDH: Flu season continues to be significantly milder than years past; first death reported

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. According to a study released on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, flu vaccines for years were close to 60% effective against the flu strain that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but it proved only 31% effective last season. Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero, File. FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. According to a study released on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, flu vaccines for years were close to 60% effective against the flu strain that caused the most lab-confirmed illnesses last winter, but it proved only 31% effective last season.

Charlie Wiese
Updated: January 07, 2021 02:32 PM
Created: January 07, 2021 02:23 PM

The flu season in Minnesota continues to have significantly less cases and hospitalizations than in years past.

According to the weekly influenza report from the Minnesota Department of Health, two additional people were hospitalized this week due to the flu which brings the total during this flu season to 21 hospitalizations. During the same week in 2019-2020, MDH reported over 250 flu related hospitalizations.

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