The Flu Report: 3/25/15 March 25, 2015 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map. The influenza infection rate is still declining but new influenza B cases nearly doubled those of influenza A, what does this mean for the end of flu season and for people in general? Overview: Influenza is on a steady decline as 37 of 54 jurisdictions are reporting widespread activity, the lowest since near the beginning of the 2014-2015 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease . Though 1,685 cases were officially confirmed during the week of Mar. 8-14, the majority of states show minimal to low influenza infection rates. The only states that remain at a high level are Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as the territory of Puerto Rico. The Northeastern United States shows the lowest levels of influenza activity while the southern midwest shows the highest. According to FluNearYou’s user based reporting, the majority influenza cases are happening along the West coast. But, that being said, the website is showing that only about two percent of users have flu-like symptoms. Being as that FluNearYou is live and active reporting, while the CDC releases numbers after the fact shows that we may have further decline in influenza infection. However, current CDC statistics show that influenza B is on the rise with more than 1,000 cases for this week of CDC reporting. It is unlikely that this could lead to a major resurgence in influenza cases, but it is something to be aware of. By the Numbers: In the United States, the CDC has reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 1,685 (11.2% of specimens tested) Influenza A- 551 (32.7%) Influenza B- 1,134 (67.3%) Flu-related Deaths (Percentage) – 7.6% (0.4% above epidemic threshold) NOTE: Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics. Around the World: Flu season isn’t just on it’s last leg in North America but throughout the Northern Hemisphere with only Russia, Austria and Sweden listed as having high flu activity by Google Flu Trends. The majority of countries are now listed as moderate with a few having dipped as low as mild, specifically Norway and France. In the Southern Hemisphere, many countries have moved from minimal flu activity to low signifying the start of the 2015-2016 flu season globally. Staying Healthy: Our advice for this week: It’s not too early to plan your flu shot! Tuesday we reported on the World Health Organization approving the 2015-2016 flu vaccination which is already being used in the southern parts of the globe. While it isn’t yet available in the North America, you can still schedule an appointment for yourself, your family or your business through a Passport Health Specialist. The CDC, WHO and other organizations recommend that everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza vaccination. For additional information on influenza and what can be done to prevent it, visit FluFree.com which contains a variety of flu related resources. In order to schedule your flu shot, even for the upcoming 2015-2016 flu season, please contact a Passport Health flu professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277) and we’ll help you get everything arranged. The Flu Report is a weekly blog post designed to give updates on the spread of influenza throughout the year. It is posted every Wednesday and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.