Post Content

Weekly Report: Download Weekly Report 10_15_09 (Download PDF Weekly Report 10_15_2009)

 

This week’s flu report marks the official beginning of the 2009-2010 flu season, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control for flu reporting purposes.

 

As we begin this new flu season, it might be helpful to take a moment to explain how states track and report flu activity – and how to interpret the data that’s in the report posted here each week.

 

Flu activity in Massachusetts is tracked by measuring how many patients are reporting “influenza-like illness” (ILI) at a series of specially-designated doctor’s offices across the state known as “flu sentinel sites”. That data is translated each week into the “Percentage of ILI Visits” graph which appears as Figure 1 on the first page of the Weekly Flu Report. If you’re looking for a snapshot of the impact of flu in the state, that ILI graph is your guide. 

 

As we mentioned, this is the first report for the 2009-2010 flu season. On the ILI graph, 2009-2010 flu activity will be represented using a red line, with the two previous years of activity shown using different colored lines. For this first week, you won’t see any red line because it’s the first week of activity. Next week you’ll begin to see that red line appearing, tracking next week’s flu activity against this week’s. And on from there.

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Recent Posts

October 24th is Food Day! posted on Oct 21

October 24th is Food Day!

This year is the 3rd annual National Food Day which is celebrated every year on October 24th. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science and the Public Interest and promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year, there were over 4,700 events across   …Continue Reading October 24th is Food Day!

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke posted on Oct 20

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attack and stroke contribute to the 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year in the U.S. The burden to families and communities is devastating, and medical costs and lost productivity total nearly $1 billion per day. To address this crisis, the United States Department   …Continue Reading Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Poison Prevention! posted on Oct 14

Poison Prevention!

Children are naturally curious. They are bound to explore and wander around the house as they play and learn. It is important to know that sometimes children can become exposed to dangers in the home without being aware of what they are doing. Each year,   …Continue Reading Poison Prevention!