Note: On June 22, 2016, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended not using the nasal spray flu vaccine for the 2016-17 season due to poor effectiveness. The content on this website will be reviewed and updated prior to the 2016-17 flu season.
Prevent the Flu: Videos
Video series featuring the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, interviewing Minnesotans about influenza and flu shots.
Novel and Variant Influenza A Viruses
New (novel) and highly pathogenic influenza A viruses have the potential to cause a pandemic if the virus were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. Variant influenza A virus does not usually infect people but occur in pigs, and are very different from human seasonal viruses.