Key Flu Indicators
According to this week’s FluView report, influenza activity continues to increase in the United States with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness. These current levels of ILI are nearing what have been peak levels of ILI during moderately severe seasons in the past. This FluView update contains data for the week of December 23-29, 2012.
Below is a summary of the key indicators:
The proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) is above the national baseline for the fourth consecutive week having climbed sharply from 2.8% to 5.6% over the past 4 weeks.
Twenty-nine states and New York City are now reporting high ILI activity. Last week 16 states reported high ILI activity. Additionally, 9 states reported moderate levels of ILI activity. States reporting high ILI activity for the week ending December 29 include Alabama, ARKANSAS, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. A web spotlight on influenza activity and current CDC recommendations is available at "Flu Activity Picks Up Nationwide."
Update: Eighteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurring during the 2012-2013
season have been reported to CDC. Adult deaths are not required to be reported, even though 90% of the flu related deaths are in people over the age of 60.