#Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

A new paper from a team led but Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician, and member of the computational health informatics team at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers this in a new paper: We show that information from Internet-based data sources, when combined using an informed, robust methodology, can be effectively used as early indicators of influenza activity … Continue reading #Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

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#Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Massachusetts January 19 report. Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza‐like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient providers’ offices, which include doctors' offices, school health services, and community health centers, are called 'sentinel sites.’  Here we present Massachusetts sentinel site data.  Please note that the data … Continue reading #Flu cases are #declining in #Massachusetts while they are rising nationally.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

This following an early spike. The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped in the past seven days. However, flu is unpredictable and it’s too soon to know whether we’ve seen its peak this season. The one thing we know for sure is that it’s not too late to get a flu … Continue reading Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu cases are going down. But, they warn that the flu is “unpredictable.”

Chart: #Flu spike in Massachusetts compared to 2011/2012 season

  From the MDPH and the CDC: Sentinel Provider Surveillance: Influenza-like illness activity Week 51 Activity[1] (representing geographic distribution): Widespread Week 51 ILI Activity[2] (representing intensity of ILI activity): High Provider offices across the US report the amount of influenza-like illness (ILI) they see in their patients each week during regular flu season.  These outpatient … Continue reading Chart: #Flu spike in Massachusetts compared to 2011/2012 season

Getting an H1N1 flu shot in Massachusetts

11/27 More shots arriving but number of flu cases leveling off. Check with your doctor or http://flu.masspro.org to find out when vaccines will be available.  From 11/27 weekly flu report: Massachusetts has now received more than 1.2 million H1N1 doses. As we move into December, we expect that there will continue to be regular shipments with significant amounts of … Continue reading Getting an H1N1 flu shot in Massachusetts