Flu Report: Monday Edition November 9, 2015 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment This special Monday edition of the flu report has new CDC and WHO data indicating this flu season been lighter than most. But, will it stay that way? In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. Despite a very mild uptick in cases, influenza spread in the United States actually lessened over the past week. No jurisdictions are reporting moderate influenza-like-illness activity, and all fifty states show minimal activity. Puerto Rico is still at low levels of activity, but this statistic has leveled off since the previous week’s report. Meanwhile, the areas of highest flu activity seem to be shifting weekly, according to CDC and FluNearYou data. The southern United States had previously been a hotspot, but it appears to be normalizing now while the western U.S. (specifically Nevada, Arizona and Colorado) is experiencing increased activity. FluNearYou shows Denver and Phoenix as hotspots for the flu but reports minimal activity in Nevada, possibly due to user reported versus laboratory-tested data. Overall, all metrics indicate that this flu season has been fairly light. As we accrue more data, we will be able to say for certain how severe the season is, but, for now, all indicators point to a fairly easy year. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 132 (1.3% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 84 (63.6%) Influenza B – 48 (36.4%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 5.8% (0.6% 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 Once again, influenza spread is either declining or remaining stable across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. All six WHO regions (Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, the Americas, South-East Asia [sic] and the West Pacific) are at the end of their respective flu seasons or showing lower than normal levels of flu activity. How long this will last is uncertain, but, if current statistics hold true, we may be in for a very light flu season around the globe. Staying Healthy You may have already noticed the timing of this week’s report is a bit different: the Flu Report has arrived in your inbox on Monday instead of Wednesday. That is because we will have a special Veteran’s Day-related Flu Report coming out on Wednesday. As always, stay flu free, and remember to get your flu shot! For additional information on influenza and its prevention, visit FluFree.com which contains a variety of flu related resources. To schedule your flu shot, please contact a Passport Health flu professional at and make it through flu season worry-free. The Flu Report is a weekly blog post giving the latest updates on influenza spread during flu season. It is posted every Wednesday from September to April and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.