Influenza

MDPH Weekly Flu Report 2/16/2018

MDPH Weekly Flu Report 2/16/2018

Based on the MDPH Weekly Flu Report dated February 16th, 2018, Influenza-like illness activity (ILI) is continuing to trend upward with a slight increase reported over the seven days prior to February 16th. The percentage of ILI visits reported by sentinel provider sites is at 5.55%, a trend substantially higher than the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 flu seasons. 

The Metro Boston/Metro West area is still experiencing high ILI activity levels with Massachusetts Sentinel Sites reporting 6.01% in the Metro West area and 2.97% in the Metro Boston area. Type A flu continues to make up the majority of the laboratory-confirmed cases across the state. 

Laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations in Massachusetts also remain high at 56.52. 

John Jacob, a health communication writer and editor for the Mass Public Health Blog, in the article titled: Weekly Flu Report, February 16, 2018 is encouraging those who have not received flu shots yet, to do so. The article encourages people to contact their healthcare providers or visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ to obtain a flu vaccine. 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update January 26, 2018

Please click through the link below to access the January 26th Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Influenza Update

Weekly Flu Report 1/26/2018


Flu Season Worst Since 2009 Swine Flu Pandemicby Rachel Alexander, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington/ January 21, 2018.

From the latest edition of the Emergency Management Journal  the article titled, Flu Season Worst Since 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic (Alexander, 2018), discusses the current outlook of the 2018 flu season in two of the hard hit states, Washington and Idaho.


Sources: 

Alexander, R. (2018, January 21). Flu Season Worst Since 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic. Retrieved January 30, 2018, from http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Flu-Season-Worst-Since-2009-Wwine-Flu-Pandemic.html?utm_term=Flu Season Worst Since 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic&utm_campaign=Ready for a Nuclear Attack This City Is&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On%2BSoftware&utm_medium=email