Pennsylvania NEWS

Dept. of Health Posts Weekly Influenza Activity Updates

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) monitors influenza activity throughout the year but ramps up surveillance activities in the fall and winter.
For the 2017-2018 season, the influenza surveillance season began on Oct. 1, 2017, and will run through May 19, 2018. Updated influenza activity data will be posted on the Department of Health's website every Tuesday throughout the influenza surveillance season.

The weekly updates provide a summary on:
  • When and where influenza activity is occurring
  • Current trends in influenza as compared to previous seasons
  • What types and subtypes of influenza viruses are currently circulating

Influenza spread and severity varies widely from season to season. It is estimated that five to 20 percent (600,000 to 2,400,000) of Pennsylvanians get the flu each year, and 120 to 2,000 die from complications of influenza.

Bookmark the 2017/18 Influenza Season Data page for the latest information on activity in the Commonwealth.