Minnesota records first flu case

The state of Minnesota has confirmed its first flu case of the season in a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County who contracted a strain of flu that appears to be covered by this year's vaccine.
The Minnesota Department of Health said that the woman had not been vaccinated.

According to Kristen Ehresmann, the director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control Division at the health department, the flu case is coming a bit early in the season this year. Ehresmann said that the first influenza case usually occurs toward the end of November, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Because of the early start to the flu season, Ehresmann said that there is more urgency for people to get vaccinated now. Because there is plenty of influenza vaccine available this season, she said that Minnesotans should have no issue finding a dose. Vaccination is recommended for everyone aged six months and older, unless they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signs and symptoms of the flu include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. It is important to remember that not everyone with flu will have a fever.