Flu Report: More Positives February 17, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment When it comes to influenza, being positive is often a negative. That’s especially true this week, as more than 1,500 confirmed cases were reported across the United States. More states are reporting higher levels of activity as well, meaning we could be heading for a flu resurgence. In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. An increasing number of influenza cases have been officially diagnosed in various parts of the U.S. Four jurisdictions are currently reporting moderate or high ILI activity, making this one of the highest points seen this flu season. Only a few states are reporting sporadic to no influenza activity, with the majority showing localized or widespread cases. FluNearYou still shows that only around three percent of individuals report flu-like-symptoms, but an increased level of ‘any symptoms’ has recently been reported. Cases are mainly in the southeast and southwest, more or less matching CDC data. FluNearYou’s live reporting may indicate a decrease in cases over the coming weeks, but user-reported data can be somewhat unreliable. Fortunately, mortality during this year’s flu season remains low with very few flu-related deaths in the general and pediatric populations. Hopefully, this low rate continues throughout the rest of the influenza season. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 1,563 (9.1% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 1,135 (72.6%) Influenza B – 428 (27.4%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 6.9% (7.6% 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 Unfortunately, World Health Organization data on global influenza trends has not been fully updated for the previous week. We will provide you with the most up-to-date information when it becomes available. Staying Healthy With ILI above the national baseline and more influenza cases being reported each week, it’s important to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to avoid the flu. Get your flu shot Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizers Be sure to cover your face when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading disease If you fall ill, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider. Consider staying home from work and avoid contact with at-risk individuals like the elderly and immunocompromised If you follow these steps and others outlined by the CDC, we can all help ensure a healthy and happy flu season for ourselves, our families and those around us. 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.