Nine more minnesotans have died in the second week of February due to flu-related causes, StarTribune said.
This puts the total number of deaths from the influenza virus at 136, KARE 11 said, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. In the first week of January more than 600 people were hospitalized with flu-related complications, StarTribune said. This number has since decreased, according to the weekly update from the Department of Health. Last week only 72 were hospitalized, KARE 11 said.
Outbreaks have been reported at nursing homes and school, StarTribune said. Although the number of outbreaks is decreasing doctor's still advise people get the vaccine, saying it is a person's best defense against the illness, KARE 11 said.