Influenza

Welcome to ADPH's Influenza Surveillance website. ADPH is monitoring the strains circulating and where disease activity is reported.

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Influenza in Alabama

  • During Week 22 (May 27 - June 2), activity levels increased across the state (1.2%)
  • Geographic spread was reported as no activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • To view the Influenza Surveillance Map, click here
  • No PCR positive specimens were identified in the state
  • To view the latest trends in Alabama, click here
  • Click here to view Alabama's Weekly Influenza Report (updated weekly reports are available October thru May)

Influenza in the U.S. 

It is not too late to get vaccinated! For those who have not received their annual influenza shot, the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four (quad) strains, is the only vaccine available that provides protection against Influenza B (Yamagata). 


Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Data

As part of the CDC’s U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), healthcare providers in Alabama report the number of patients with ILI by age group and the total number of patients seen each week. ILI is defined as fever that is greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) AND cough and/or sore throat (in the absence of a known cause other than influenza). There is no requirement for a positive influenza test when determining the number of patients with ILI.

No outbreaks of influenza or ILI were reported in the state this week. 

 

Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Data Reported to Alabama Department of Public Health (as of 06/02/2018)

Districts

Week Ending June 2

Week Ending May 26

Week Ending May 19

Northern

1.3 %

1.4 %

1.3 %

Northeastern

1.3 %

1.0 %

1.1 %

West Central

1.7 %

1.3 %

1.7 %

Jefferson

0.6 %

0.7 %

0.6 %

East Central

1.3 %

0.7 %

1.1 %

Southwestern

0.8 %

0.8 %

1.1 %

Southeastern

1.0 %

1.0 %

1.2 %

Mobile

0.0 %

0.0 %

0.0 % 

*ILI threshold for significance in Alabama (Season 2017-18): 3.4%

 

If you are interested in becoming an ILINet participant, please email Infectious & Outbreaks Diseases Division, call 1-800-338-8374, or complete and fax the ADPH ILINet Application.

Viral Surveillance

ADPH's viral surveillance depends on hospitals and healthcare providers to voluntarily submit specimens from ILI patients to BCL throughout the year for influenza detection and subtype information. Influenza specimen submissions from healthcare providers help answer the questions of where, when, and what influenza viruses are circulating. ADPH requests that hospitals submit specimens for admitted patients with ILI and all physicians submit specimens for pregnant patients with ILI, as well as recent international travelers with ILI.

Any provider can submit influenza specimens for BCL testing. To find out more about ordering a flu kit, specimen collection, and shipping instructions, see the Quick Guide for Influenza Specimen Submission or the detailed Guidance for Lab Testing for Influenza Viruses.

CDC Influenza Control and Outbreak Guidelines

Additional Information for Health Professionals





Page last updated: June 6, 2018