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Influenza Update

Monday, January 15, 2018

During the week ending January 6, 2018, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread . This is the fifth week that widespread activity has been reported. There were 3,942 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 37% increase over last week. Of the 2,362 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 364 (15.41%) were positive for influenza. Of the 81 specimens tested at Wadsworth Center, 38 were positive for influenza. 3 were influenza A(H1) and 35 were influenza A(H3). Reports of percent of patient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) from ILINet providers was 5.25%, which is above the regional baseline of 3.10%. The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 1,258 a 40% increase over last week. There was one influenza-associated pediatric death reported this week. There has been one influenza-associated pediatric death reported this season. Preliminary results for influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) in the US have not been released for the current season, but according to the CDC, data suggests that the influenza vaccine continues to offer protection against all influenza viruses, and can reduce the severity of illness for those who do get the flu.

Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report.

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