This week's report
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- Influenza severity for Massachusetts has decreased from moderate to low this week as influenza-related hospitalizations and influenza positive test results have decreased.
- The percentage of influenza-like illness visits for Massachusetts has increased and remains higher than the previous two years in the same week. COVID-19 related activity, as well as increased healthcare-seeking behavior for respiratory illness, contributes to the increase in overall ILI trends in recent weeks.
- 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.
- 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 65% compared to last week. The number of influenza A and influenza B positive laboratory tests reported to MDPH decreased by 67% and 62%, 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, the percent of laboratory specimens testing positive for influenza at clinical laboratories continued to decrease while influenza-like illness activity continued to increase as more people are seeking care for respiratory illness due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Influenza A viruses are now the most commonly reported influenza viruses this season.
- 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.
- For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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:||March 27, 2020|