Weekly Flu Report, January 7, 2022

Massachusetts Department of Public Health weekly influenza update

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This week's report


  • Influenza severity for Massachusetts is moderate this week.
  • The percent of influenza-like illness (ILI) visits in Massachusetts is 4.43%, which is above the regional baseline of 2.0% and higher than the three previous seasons in the same week.
  • The percent of hospitalizations associated with influenza is 0.75%, which is lower than the previous seasons in the same week.
  • Overall ILI activity is high. All regions are reporting high ILI activity.
  • More influenza A than influenza B positive specimens have been reported by hospitals and outpatient facilities in Massachusetts. For influenza A, the predominant strain is currently H3N2.
  • Nationally, flu activity is increasing, including indicators that track hospitalizations.
  • 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 .
  • Statewide and national COVID data are available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

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 7, 2022

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