Weekly influenza reports

Fluwatch Summary

February 5 to February 11, 2017 (week 6)

  • Influenza indicators such as laboratory detections, outbreaks and sentinel influenza-like illness surveillance have been stable or increasing in the past four weeks.
  • Widespread or localized influenza activity was reported in at least one region in all provinces.
  • The percentage of tests positive for influenza has remained relatively stable for the past four weeks (ranging from 23% to 24% of tests positive for influenza).
  • In week 06, 67 laboratory confirmed outbreaks were reported (up from 57 in the previous week); the majority in long-term care facilities and due to influenza A.
  • In week 06, the number of hospitalizations reported by participating provinces and territories and sentinel hospital networks decreased. 
  • A(H3N2) continues to be the most common type of influenza affecting Canadians.
  • The majority of laboratory detections, hospitalizations and deaths have been among adults aged 65+ years.
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