Flu cases up in Minnesota; 30 hospitalizations so far


The Centers for Disease Control said earlier this month that flu season has gotten an early jump in the U.S. -- and flu rates are up in Minnesota over last year at this time, the Minnetonka Patch reported.

Flu activity is categorized as "high" in Minnesota, according to Google's Flu Trends; last year it was categorized as "low."

So far in the 2012-13 season, 30 people have been hospitalized with laboratory confirmed influenza, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Mankato alone has had five of the state's 105 reported cases of influenza reported in the state through Dec. 8, the Mankato Free Press reported.

State officials said in August that the state would get two different strains of the flu for the 2012-2013 season.

By contrast, the 2011-2012 flu season didn't get under way in earnest until last February

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