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Vaccinations and the Elderly- Part II of a II Part Series

Looking for regular updates as to where influenza is circulating including the latest information on the swine flu? Check www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly

Another good source to keep you updated on how the flu season is spreading in the United States and the world is at:  https://www.google.org/flutrends/us

(4/23/17)- During week 15 (April 9-15, 2017), influenza activity decreased in the United States.

The most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during week 15 was influenza B. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories decreased.
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.
 Five influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
A cumulative rate for the season of 60.9 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 2.0%, which is below the national baseline of 2.2%. Three of ten regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. Two states experienced moderate ILI activity; New York City and three states experienced low ILI activity; Puerto Rico and 45 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.
The geographic spread of influenza in 10 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico, and 15 states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia and 19 states reported local activity; six states reported sporadic activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no activity
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(4/18/17)-  During week 14 (April 2-8, 2017), influenza activity decreased but remained elevated in the United States.

The most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during week 14 was influenza B. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories decreased.
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.
Five influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported, four that occurred during the 2016-2017 season and one that occurred during the 2010-2011 season.
A cumulative rate for the season of 59.4 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 2.6%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. Five of ten regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. Two states experienced high ILI activity; seven states experienced moderate ILI activity; New York City and 11 states experienced low ILI activity; Puerto Rico and 30 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.
The geographic spread of influenza in 18 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico, and 18 states reported regional activity; the District of

 

(4/9/17)- During week 13 (March 26-April 1, 2017), influenza activity decreased but remained elevated in the United States.

The most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during week 13 was influenza B. The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories decreased slightly
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.
Seven influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
A cumulative rate for the season of 57.2 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 2.9%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. Six of ten regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. Nine states experienced high ILI activity; five states experienced moderate ILI activity; New York City and nine states experienced low ILI activity; Puerto Rico and 27 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.
The geographic spread of influenza in 24 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico and 19 states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia and five states reported local activity; two states reported sporadic activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no activity.

 

(4/3/17)- During week 12 (March 19-25, 2017), influenza activity remained elevated in the United States.

The most frequently identified influenza virus subtype reported by public health laboratories during week 12 was influenza A (H3). The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories increased slightly.
The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.
Six influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
A cumulative rate for the season of 54.1 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.2%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. Eight of ten regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. 10 states experienced high ILI activity; eight states experienced moderate ILI activity; eight states experienced low ILI activity; New York City, Puerto Rico, and 24 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.
The geographic spread of influenza in 31 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico and 12 states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia and five states reported local activity; two states reported sporadic activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no activity.

 

(3/26/17)- During week 11 (March 12-18, 2017), influenza activity decreased, but remained elevated in the United States
(3/19/17)- During week 10 (March 5-11, 2017), influenza activity decreased, but remained elevated in the United States.
(3/13/17)- During week 9 (February 26-March 4, 2017), influenza activity decreased, but remained elevated in the United States.
(3/5/17)- During week 8 (February 19-25 2017), influenza activity remained elevated in the United States
(2/22/17)- During week 6 (February 5-11, 2017), influenza activity increased in the United States.
(2/11/17)- During week 5 (January 29-February 4, 2017), influenza activity increased in the United States.
(2/6/17)- During week 4 (January 22-28, 2017), influenza activity increased in the United States.
(1/31/17)- During week 3 (January 15-21, 2017), influenza activity increased in the United States..
(1/22/17)- During week 2 (January 8-14, 2017), influenza activity increased in the United States.

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Please see Vaccinations and the Elderly –Part I of this Series

By Allan Rubin
updated April 23, 2017

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