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Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield says that while the Twin Cities area has suffered the most pandemic flu cases so far, any part of the state may be hit in the next wave this fall. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Health officials: Everyone needs to be ready for flu

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ST. PAUL - So far, Minnesota pandemic flu cases have centered on the Twin Cities, they typically have affected younger people and most cases have not been severe.

But state health officials warn that the H1N1 "swine" flu outbreak expected this fall may be different and anyone could be affected.

"We want the citizens to be motivated, but not frantic..." Health Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan said. "We want them to be prepared, but not panicked."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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