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Minnesota opens new toll-free FluLine: 1-866-259-4655

A new phone-based service is now available for Minnesotans who think they may have the flu.

Beginning today, people with possible flu symptoms can call the Minnesota FluLine at 1-866-259-4655 for information and treatment options. Professionals will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People with limited English skills will be connected with an interpreter. There is no charge for the call.

FluLine was developed in response to the first global influenza pandemic in over 40 years. Officials are concerned the pandemic could overwhelm the health care system, and they believe that FluLine can reduce some of the demands on the system.

FluLine is also expected to help decrease the spread of the flu. By providing assistance over the phone, the new service is expected to limit the number of potentially infectious people who gather in emergency rooms, urgent care centers and clinics.