9 more flu deaths confirmed in Minnesota

Published On: Feb 14 2013 10:22:46 PM CST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota health officials confirm nine more flu-related deaths.

The nine deaths were confirmed last week. That brings the number of confirmed flu-related deaths in Minnesota to 136 since the influenza season began.

Hospitalizations due to flu continue to decline in Minnesota. Health officials say 72 people were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza last week, compared with 108 the week before. So far this season, Minnesota has seen 2,703 hospitalizations.

Three nursing homes reported confirmed outbreaks of flu last week while 22 schools reported outbreaks.

Health officials have said the flu season has peaked in Minnesota. But they're still encouraging Minnesotans to get vaccinated.