AUDIO: Flu season off to slow start

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Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) It will likely be January before influenza activity is considered "widespread" in Minnesota.

The flu season is off to a slow start with 27 hospitalizations, 11 school outbreaks and zero deaths.

The state Department of Health's Kris Ehresmann says flu activity recently went from "sporadic" to "local." Ehresmann says this year's vaccines appear to match the flu strains circulating in the state.

Last season there were 231 flu-related deaths and more than 3,000 hospitalizations.

Ehresmann says the flu season is off to a slower start than last winter

Ehresmann says flu activity has gone from "sporadic" to "localized"

Ehresmann says there's still time to get a flu shot to ward off influenza over the holidays

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