Minnesota has recorded its first case of influenza for the season. The department of health has confirmed that a 26-year-old woman from Olmsted County contracted the A (H3) strain of the flu virus, which appears to be covered by this year’s vaccine. The woman had no underlying health conditions and was not hospitalized, but this marks the official start of flu season in Minnesota. Influenza season in Minnesota occurs from October through April, and usually peaks in February. Influenza vaccination is now recommended for everyone six months and older, as well as those at high risk for serious complications, including pregnant women, seniors, young children and those with chronic medical conditions. More information can be found on the department of health website at www.health.state.mn.us.