Mayo Clinic's Division of Microbiology will be posting weekly updates throughout this year's influenza (flu) season. In this introductory video to the series, Dr. Matt Binnicker discusses the symptoms of the flu, the flu season, and what trends we are seeing nationally, in Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Look for a new update on Tuesday of each week until the end of February.
Key points about the flu this week:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the flu has become widespread in the southern United States and is continuing to intensify in the rest of the country
- The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that the flu is now widespread in the state
- The primary strain of the flu is the H1N1 2009, which was included in this year's flu shot
- There is still time to get a flu shot