Weekly Flu Report, January 3, 2020

Massachusetts Department of Public Health weekly influenza update

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This week’s report

Highlights

  • Influenza severity for Massachusetts has increased from low to moderate this week.
  • The percentage of influenza-like illness visits for Massachusetts is higher than the previous two years in the same week.
  • Overall influenza-like illness activity for Massachusetts has increased from moderate to high this week. The West region is reporting moderate ILI activity while all other regions are reporting high ILI activity.
  • The percent of influenza-associated hospitalizations in Massachusetts is lower than the previous two years in the same week.
  • In the 2019-2020 flu season, more influenza B than influenza A positive specimens have been reported by hospitals and outpatient facilities in Massachusetts.
  • Nationally, influenza illness activity is increasing and influenza B is most common.
  • 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 is increasing. It’s not too late to get vaccinated.

Flu vaccination is always the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

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Date published: January 3, 2020
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