Nasty Flu Season Start Outpaces H1N1 Outbreak
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Nasty Flu Season Start Outpaces H1N1 Outbreak

January 3, 2013

Reporting Esme Murphy

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – A 14-year-old St. Louis Park girl is fighting for her life as she battles the flu and its complications.

Carly Christenson had gotten sick coming home after basketball practice before Christmas. And she had already gotten the flu shot.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinic is reporting that last week they saw more flu patients than they saw during the worst week of the H1N1 outbreak three years ago.

Figures from the Minnesota Department of Health say that since the start of the outbreak, nearly 600 have been hospitalized and four people have died.

Part of the problem is this particular strain of Type A flu. It is the H3N2 strain and health care workers say it is making people far sicker than other types of influenza.

Christenson has now developed a serious staph infection, and is hospitalized at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

“We had one of the doctors tell us point blank that our kid is the sickest kid in the state right now,” said mother Sandy Christenson.

via Nasty Flu Season Start Outpaces H1N1 Outbreak « CBS Minnesota.

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