Flu Report: Puerto Rico Problems November 18, 2015 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment The flu hasn’t spread as quickly as some thought it might, but one U.S. area remains a hotspot for influenza activity. In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. Luckily, this has not been a terribly serious flu season, and the last week underlined this fact as influenza case numbers fell again. The vast majority of the United States is experiencing a very low level of flu activity with only Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia and Georgia showing slightly elevated levels of flu activity. That being said, Puerto Rico is now listed as having moderate flu activity, the highest seen in the United States this flu season. Confirmed influenza cases for the region were still quite low, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see more in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, FluNearYou reported an increase in flu cases especially along the eastern seaboard. The last time FluNearYou showed a similar rise, we did see it reflected later in CDC data. It is possible we will see this happen again along the East Coast, but only time will tell. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 128 (1.2% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 75 (58.6%) Influenza B – 53 (41.4%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 5.8% (0.7% 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 Influenza spread has remained stable throughout the world with the Eastern Mediterranean having the highest levels of activity over the last few weeks. Even then, the region peaked a few weeks ago and has been more or less stable since. How this may change over the next few weeks is unknown. Influenza A remains the most common strain worldwide, which is great news for anyone who has received this year’s flu shot, especially travelers. Staying Healthy If you haven’t received a flu shot yet, now is the time! As we get deeper into flu season, vaccination becomes increasingly important as more and more people can fall ill and spread the illness. This week, Uber and Passport Health will be delivering flu shots to 35 cities across the U.S. It is a fantastic opportunity to get vaccinated if you live in these locations, and, if you live elsewhere, contact us to schedule 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.