North Dakota's Health Department reports 563 people have the flu compared with 159 last week at this time and only five from a year ago. Grand Forks health director Don Shields says the flu season is off to an early start and is hitting young people especially hard.
For years, health officials here and across the country have been preparing for a pandemic that history says is overdue. We don’t know how bad it will be, or how widespread, but the potential for disruption is sobering, the worst-case scenarios chilling. And now, it’s here.
Public Health emphasizes prevention A local health official told the Grand Forks School Board on Monday that the swine flu strain is unique in whom it tends to infect, and that is what has parents and school officials concerned as the next school year begins.
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