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Nurses know the importance of flu shots as Sanford Bemidji Medical Center nurse Rachel Johnson holds her 18-month-old daughter, Macena, as she gets her shot on Friday morning. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

On the flu front again: Influenza season picking up in area, statewide

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BEMIDJI — It’s here.

Influenza is now considered “widespread” throughout Minnesota, according to the latest state Department of Health weekly report, released Thursday, which recaps the last week of 2013.

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