The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that flu is “widespread” in Minnesota, its highest category. That would be the flu variously known as H1N1 novel influenza, swine flu, or pandemic flu.
Students at the U of M lined up for flu shots for the “regular” flu, available to students who are 18 or over. Lots of places, including my doctor’s office, haven’t received the “regular flu” vaccine yet, due in part to delays from one of the manufacturers. And the swine flu vaccine won’t arrive until mid-October.
Getting “regular flu” shots The Minnesota Department of Health has a flu shot listing that sort of works — mdhflu.com. But the MDH listing is woefully incomplete. The only place it lists within ten miles of St. Paul for the next week is the Health Partners clinic in Bloomington on September 21, with flu shots costing $50. A series of phone calls turned up additional places at lower costs and more accessible locations.MORE »