This week's report
- Influenza severity for Massachusetts has decreased from very high to high this week.
- The percentage of influenza-like illness visits for Massachusetts decreased compared to last week, but remains higher than the previous two years in the same week.
- Overall influenza-like illness activity for Massachusetts remains high this week. All regions are reporting high ILI activity.
- The percent of influenza-associated hospitalizations in Massachusetts decreased compared to last week, but remains elevated.
- In the 2019-2020 flu season, more influenza B than influenza A positive specimens have been reported by hospitals and outpatient facilities in Massachusetts.
- The number of influenza positive laboratory tests reported to MDPH decreased this week by 31% compared to last week. The number of influenza A and influenza B positive laboratory tests reported to MDPH decreased by 21% and 40%, respectively, compared to last week.
- All influenza strains that have been characterized in Massachusetts this season to date are covered by the current influenza vaccine.
- Nationally, influenza-like illness activity remains elevated, and approximately equal numbers of influenza A and influenza B have been reported so far this season, with continued increases in influenza A in recent weeks.
- There have been fifteen confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and one case identified in Massachusetts. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- Additional statewide and national data including geographic spread, ILI activity, and pneumonia and influenza mortality are available at CDC’s FluView Weekly Report at www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly and FluView Interactive https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluviewinteractive.htm.
Flu activity remains elevated. It’s not too late to get vaccinated.
Flu vaccination is always the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.
|Date published:||February 21, 2020|