Flu Report: First Drop March 23, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment Flu cases declined significantly for the first time during the 2015-2016 flu season, according to CDC data. But, while caseloads are down, incidence of influenza-like-illness and flu-related deaths have risen. Let’s make sense of the data: are we truly headed for less flu? In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. Week 10 data from the CDC shows promise as we continue into 2016. For the first time this year, the number of confirmed flu cases fell, although this was a small decline of only about 10 percent. Fewer jurisdictions reported high to moderate influenza-like-illness activity, meaning we could see even lower numbers in the coming weeks. FluNearYou seems to indicate the same positive trend. Fewer individuals reported flu-like symptoms, and most cases seem to be centralized in areas already identified by CDC statistics. These most affected areas include: Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Alabama, New Jersey, South Carolina, Indiana and Kentucky. Incidences of drug resistant strains have been similar to previous years, with just four reported cases so far. Pediatric deaths are down significantly, with less than 30 reported compared to an annual average of nearly 100 for this time frame. Arizona, California and Florida have had the most pediatric deaths accounting for a combined 12 of the 28 total. Despite this sobering statistic, the influenza situation looks generally good throughout the rest of the season and into Summer 2016. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 5,968 (23.1% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 4,557 (76.4%) Influenza B – 1,411 (23.6%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 7.5% (0.4% 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 Similar to the United States, flu cases are down globally. Every World Health Organization region reported fewer or the same amount of cases over the last week with a few regions reporting significant drops. Globally, the 2015-2016 flu season seems like it may be drawing to a close. But, the 2016-2017 season will soon begin as we have entered fall in the Southern Hemisphere. We will keep you posted on any flu news that may develop. Staying Healthy As we move closer to the summer months, other vaccinations beside influenza become increasingly important. Whether you are planning a trip to India or helping your children prepare to go back to school, vaccines will likely become a topic of conversation. Prepare before you travel abroad or go to school with help from Passport Health. We provide top quality, concierge style care for all of your immunization needs. Schedule an appointment today by calling or booking online. 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.