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12 more die of flu in Minnesota; season total at 148

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Twelve more people have died of complications from the flu, bringing the state's total flu-related deaths to 148 for the influenza season that began in October, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday.

In its most recent weekly report, the department says that 12 died and 59 people were hospitalized during the week of Feb. 10-16. In the previous week, there were nine flu-related deaths and 72 hospitalizations.

Since the beginning of the season, there have been 2,784 flu-related hospitalizations in the state, according to the report.

There have been influenza-like outbreaks at 467 Minnesota schools since the beginning of the season, the department says.

The worst is over – flu season peaked in January, MPR reported.

Health officials say this flu season has been severe, but not in ways that are unexpected, the Pioneer Press reports.

In related news, government officials on Thursday said this year’s flu shot is doing a bad job of protecting senior citizens from the harshest strain this season, proving only 9 percent effective.

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