Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and others with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from work or school when sick, getting your annual flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some of it related to our robust tourism season, with peak activity occurring as early as November or as late as March.
FluView : that latest weekly U.S. flu surveillance summary from the CDC
Flu Near You: an online flu surveillance tools that allows the public to report their flu symptoms on a weekly basis, to help in tracking influenza activity
Health care providers interested in participating in outpatient influenza-like illness surveillance may contact the SOE Influenza Coordinator at 907-269-8000.
Resources for the General Public
Influenza Information – CDC’s comprehensive website with general information on influenza transmission, symptoms, prevention, treatment and more.
Influenza Fact Sheet from the Alaska Division of Public Health
Places to get vaccinated in Alaska
Private clinics, public health centers, many retail pharmacies, and other locations may have vaccine available. Click here to get a map of retail pharmacies offering vaccine near you.
Alaska Influenza Report for the Week Ending February 9, 2019 Week 6
This report provides a weekly snapshot of seasonal flu activity in Alaska. Additional information about influenza is available on the Section of Epidemiology’s (SOE) influenza page:http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/influenza/fluinfo.aspx. A detailed review of CDC influenza surveillance indicators is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/overview.htm. Please call 907-269-8000 with questions. Information about the Alaska State Virology Lab influenza microbiology is available at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Labs/Pages/asvl.aspx.
Statewide Lab-Confirmed Influenza – Previous Seasons Since 2014, and Current Season, Sep 15, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019