Lab-confirmed Cases: Reports of confirmed influenza in Washtenaw County residents are increasing rapidly, with 30 new cases reported in the week ending January 7, 2017. The predominant strain being reported locally is A/H3, with a few cases of influenza B reported as well. The age range of locally confirmed flu cases is 1 year to 97 years old, with a median of 40 years. Nationally, the influenza viruses tested so far are similar genetically to the strains in the 2016-17 vaccine (www.cdc.gov/flu).
Please see the local flu curve:
Hospitalizations and Deaths: Flu-related hospitalizations in Washtenaw residents are rising. To date, the age range of individuals hospitalized is 28 years – 97 years, with 68% aged 70 years and older. No flu-related hospitalizations have been reported in children (0 – 17 years) this season.
Unfortunately, the first flu-related death in a Washtenaw resident for the 2016-17 season was reported this week. The older adult (75 yrs+) had confirmed influenza A infection.
Hospitalizations and Deaths in Washtenaw Residents with Confirmed Influenza
Week of 1/1 – 1/7/17
(0 – 17 years)
(18 years and older)
*Starting Oct 2, 2016
Facility outbreaks: In the past week, one long-term care facility has reported a flu outbreak. Influenza A has been identified in a number of residents. Tamiflu prophylaxis has been offered to others in the facility. Guidance for managing influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities is available on the CDC website:
Flu Vaccine Availability
Providers should continue to promote vaccination. Washtenaw County Public Health still has flu vaccine available for all ages. Please call (734) 544-6700 for an appointment.
For local influenza information: www.ewashtenaw.org/flu
For Michigan influenza information: www.michigan.gov/flu
For national information: www.cdc.gov/flu