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11-02-09

More Frequent Communications on Flu Over the next few months

Lab staff can expect to see weekly articles on flu-related topics appear on this site and in Today at Berkeley Lab. The articles come at the recommendation of the Berkeley Lab Pandemic Task Force after reviewing national statistics on patient visits for flu-like illness. This graph depicts the proportion of visits to CDC-reporting clinics for flu-like illness. Each year for the past 3 years, incidents of seasonal flu have increased around the 10th week of the year--with the recent 2008 spike being the highest on the graph. For the past 3 weeks, the proportion of visits for flu-like illness has jumped dramatically, about 20 weeks earlier than expected for a normal flu season. The advent of novel H1N1 influenza this Spring has disrupted normal seasonal patterns. It’s important for employees to have the best available information on how to protect themselves and their families from this early flu season.

illness graph

Percentage of Visits for Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Reported by the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet),
National Summary 2008-2009 and Previous Two Seasons
(Posted October 23, 2009, 5:30 PM ET, for Week Ending October 17, 2009)