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Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Update: Preparing for school, flu season and a COVID vaccine

August 13, 2020, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Anu Kalaskar, MD

Influenza sees record highs at Children’s Minnesota

Experts now consider the flu to be widespread in the US and Minnesota and it appears to be hitting kids harder. Children's saw 325 lab-confirmed influenza cases during the last week of December. We also saw more flu-related hospitalizations during this period. Normally, 10-15 children are admitted to our hospitals in a week, but the last week of December saw 28 new hospitalizations for the illness.

My child has the flu, now what?

Flu season is in full swing, so we're sharing what parents need to know about influenza and what they should do if their child has flu-like symptoms.

Flu shots: The who, what, when, where and why parents need to know

Between school, sports and activities, homework, and more, fall is a busy time for families. Although there’s a lot on parents’ minds, influenza vaccinations, or flu shots, should be top of mind this time of year. Patsy Stinchfield, APRN, CNP, senior director of infection prevention, explains what parents need to know about flu shots.

Joe Kurland talks flu vaccine with Wired

Joseph Kurland, vaccine specialist, spoke to Wired about people’s perceptions of the flu vaccine.

Joe Kurland talks differences between flu shot and nasal spray

Joe Kurland discussed the differences between the flu vaccine and nasal spray.

Grand Rounds: From Andrographis to Zinc: What is the evidence for integrative approaches during cold and flu season

October 18, 2018, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Minneapolis

Melanie Brown, MD, FAAP

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Treating and preventing the spread of influenza

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that can leave people of all ages feeling miserable. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired.

Young girl getting shot, tightly hugging teddy bear

The flu shot is the best defense against influenza

The flu, or influenza, is a complex, highly-contagious virus that is nearly impossible to predict. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza.

Child sneezing and blowing into tissue, sick, on couch

Is it the flu or a cold?

Influenza, or “the flu,” is often confused with the common cold because symptoms of both illnesses can be similar. Joe Kurland, vaccine specialist and infection preventionist, explains how to spot the difference.