Influenza

Welcome to ADPH's Influenza Surveillance website. ADPH is monitoring the strains circulating and where disease activity is reported. September 2019, ADPH began receiving reports of influenza activity. As of the first week in October, one district (East Central) is already experiencing significant influenza activity, and there are sporadic reports coming in from other areas of the state.

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Influenza in Alabama

 

 

Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Data Reported to Alabama Department of Public Health (as of 12/07/2019)

Districts

Week Ending December 07

Week Ending November 30

Week Ending November 23

Northern

3.41%

3.48%

2.95%

Northeastern

4.24%

3.86%

3.78%

West Central

4.78%

4.10%

4.87%

Jefferson

2.42%

3.49%

2.30%

East Central

4.51%

4.60%

4.32%

Southwestern

3.76%

4.06%

3.32%

Southeastern

10.20%

10.29%

10.98%

Mobile

6.85%

6.64%

6.65%

*ILI threshold for significance in Alabama (Season 2019-20): 3.19%

 

How To Get Involved

ILINet

  • As part of the CDC’s U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), healthcare providers in Alabama report the number of patients with ILI by age group and the total number of patients seen each week. ILI is defined as fever that is greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) AND cough and/or sore throat (in the absence of a known cause other than influenza). There is no requirement for a positive influenza test when determining the number of patients with ILI.
  • If you are interested in becoming an ILINet participant, please email Infectious & Outbreaks Diseases Division, call 1-800-338-8374, or complete and fax the ADPH ILINet Application.

Viral Surveillance

  • ADPH's viral surveillance depends on hospitals and healthcare providers to voluntarily submit specimens from ILI patients to BCL throughout the year for influenza detection and subtype information. Influenza specimen submissions from healthcare providers help answer the questions of where, when, and what influenza viruses are circulating.ADPH requests that hospitals submit specimens for any individuals with ILI who are pregnant, hospitalized, have recently traveled internationally, or have had contact with bird/poultry flocks or pigs/swine.
  • In addition to influenza testing, the BCL has the capability to detect 16 additional respiratory pathogens including their subtypes:
    • *RSV (A and B)
    • Coronavirus (229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1)
    • Human metapneumovirus
    • Rhinovirus/enterovirus
    • Adenovirus
    • Parainfluenza (1, 2, 3, and 4)
    • Human bocavirus
    • Chlamydophila pneumoniae
    • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Any provider can submit influenza specimens for BCL testing. To find out more about ordering a flu kit, specimen collection, and shipping instructions, see the Quick Guide for Influenza Specimen Submission or the detailed Guidance for Lab Testing for Influenza Viruses.
  • View Why Influenza Surveillance Needs You for a quick guide about why facility participation is important.

CDC Influenza Control and Outbreak Guidelines

Additional Information for Health Professionals





Page last updated: December 11, 2019