Global & Disaster Medicine

Flu Activity in the U.S. up to February 2, 2019: Maybe it isn’t as bad as we are led to believe!


“……Influenza activity in the United States remained elevated through February 2, 2019, and is expected to continue for several more weeks. Compared with recent influenza seasons, as of February 2, 2019, severity this season has been low, with a lower percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness, lower rates of hospitalization, and fewer deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza…..”

Blanton L, Dugan VG, Abd Elal AI, et al. Update: Influenza Activity — United States, September 30, 2018–February 2, 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:125–134. DOI:

The figure is a line graph showing the percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness reported to CDC, by surveillance week, based on data from the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network during the 2018–19 influenza season and selected previous influenza seasons.


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