The Flu Report: 4/8/2015 April 8, 2015 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map. In the last weekly Flu Report for the 2014-2015 season, we look at continued influenza decline throughout the United States and finally see a drop in one important flu statistic. Overview: The 2014-2015 flu season is almost over! Only two states, Oklahoma and Minnesota, are reporting a high level of influenza-like illness, and the majority of the United States is now listed as having minimal activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Another key statistic, pneumonia and influenza mortality, is finally below the epidemic threshold, and all indicators point to it staying here. Likewise, the number of influenza-associated pediatric deaths has fallen and is now stable at a relatively low number. As of now, the 2014-2015 season was the second worst season on record over the last five years for both types of mortality. A new formulation of the flu vaccine will be used for the 2015-2016 season in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and hopefully mortality statistics will be much lower as a result. Indeed, all indications point to an end of this flu season within the coming weeks, FluNearYou.org showed less than two percent of its users being affected by influenza again this week, and an overall decline in cases was again reported. In all likelihood, we will see the 2014-2015 flu season declared officially over within the coming weeks. By the Numbers: In the United States, the CDC has reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 1,300 (10.8% of specimens tested) Influenza A- 257 (19.8%) Influenza B- 1,043 (80.2%) Flu-related Deaths (Percentage) – 6.9% (0.2% below 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 is almost over in the United States and across the world as Sweden remains the only country with a high level of influenza infection in Europe. The majority of Western Europe shows low flu activity, according to Google Flu Trends, and the eastern portion of the continent is rated at low or moderate. Russia has the highest level of activity in this region. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere appears to be just at the start of its flu season with the majority of nations rated as low to minimal. Staying Healthy: As stated above, this will be our last weekly Flu Report post for the 2014-2015 season. Thank you for reading our posts and for interacting with us here on our blog, through Facebook and via Twitter. This is not the end of the Flu Report, however; we will be restarting the series the first week of September and will be releasing a season summary on May 6. Until then, stay safe and stay healthy! 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.