Flu Report: Final Weeks April 22, 2016 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment In our second to last week of the Flu Report for the 2015-2016 season, we look at the further decline of influenza in the U.S. and what you can do to stay healthy next year. In The U.S.: Wondering about the flu in your community? Click here to view the full interactive Flu Near You map. This week, the Centers for Disease Control reported another steep drop in confirmed flu cases. Just three of 53 government jurisdictions are reporting elevated flu activity, and only one state (New Jersey) reported high flu activity. This is a major transition from even a few weeks ago when the majority of states had high to moderate levels of activity. FluNearYou’s live reporting reflects CDC data as more states report fewer cases. The main epicenters of cases, per FluNearYou, appear to be the greater New Jersey area and parts of the Northwest. While the latter does not strictly follow current data, we may see it reflected in the weeks to come. The number of flu-associated deaths has decreased as well. But, this metric is still only slightly below the epidemic threshold. Pediatric deaths have been steadily growing, with more than 50 reported for this flu season. This number is less than half of what it was during previous seasons, but it is still higher than it should be. By The Numbers: In the United States, the CDC reported: Flu Cases (Laboratory Confirmed) – 2,544 (14.0% of specimens tested) Influenza A – 1,481 (58.2%) Influenza B – 1,063 (41.8%) Flu-Related Deaths (Percentage) – 7.1% (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 Influenza cases were down globally last week, according to World Health Organization reporting, with just one exception. Africa saw a rise in confirmed flu cases throughout the region. The continent has had a generally low incidence over the last year, meaning this could just be an incidental rise. We will have more information as the WHO releases additional data. Staying Healthy As we near the end of flu season, it’s key to look ahead to the coming year. While the WHO has not yet released which strains will be in the 2016-2017 flu vaccine, we know it will help protect against this potentially deadly disease. Get a jumpstart on your protection today by booking your flu shot at Passport Health by calling or scheduling online now. The flu vaccine is your first step to having a happy and healthy flu season. 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.