Health Update: Influenza Activity, King County – 11 Feb 2011

It is currently recommended that healthcare providers continue to actively recommend influenza vaccine for personal 6 months of age or older.

From the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section:  Public Health of Seattle & King County – February 11th, 2011

Influenza continues to circulate in King County during week 5, but at levels lower than observed during past season peaks.  In three of seven influenza seasons since 2002/3 (not including the 2009/10 H1N1 outbreak) influenza activity has beaked in March or later.

National data show the current trivalent vaccine is well-matched to circulating strains (Among isolates characterized by CDC for this season).

For additional flu information:

Influenza surveillance reports and flu resources from Public Health – Seattle & King County: www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu

UW Virology Laboratory weekly respiratory virus surveillance report:  depts.washington.edu/rspvirus/documents/VD2010-11.pdf

Washington State Influenza Surveillance Update:  www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/Epidemiology/CD/fluupdate.pdf

CDC Influenza update:  www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly

Who global influenza update: www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/en/

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