Flu season officially arrives
St. Paul, Minn. — The flu season has officially arrived in Minnesota. The State Health Department said today a 39-year-old man from Chisago County is the first confirmed case of influenza for the 2008-'09 season.
Officials say the man's virus is a good match for this year's vaccine. Flu season is off to a typical start this year with the first flu case historically confirmed most often in late November or early December.
The Health Department says it's not too late to get a flu shot. Widespread influenza activity in Minnesota usually peaks in February.