Minnesota has reached the tail end of a moderate flu season — welcome relief after 2012-13, one of the deadliest flu outbreaks in years.
The state has recorded 1,484 hospitalizations from influenza so far this year, compared to more than 3,000 last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly update. No one under age 18 has died from the flu, even though young people are more susceptible to H1N1, the most common strain this year. (H1N1 was the strain that caused the swine flu pandemic in 2009, which claimed an estimated 12,000 lives across the country.) READ MORE