A picture is worth a thousand words. This week's report from MDPH is encouraging, showing a continued drop in doctor visits for flu-like illnesses. Just a couple of weeks ago, nearly 10 percent of visits to the doctor were for the flu and now it's about 3.5 percent. Sadly, the report notes that two more people have died, including another young child from Middlesex County.
The question now is what will the flu season look like in the coming weeks and months. Will illnesses continue to drop? Will we level off and have another surge during the normal peak of flu season in January and February? Will the seasonal variety of flu reemerge as H1N1 recedes? Will we have another wave of H1N1 in the Spring?
The graph below shows an impressive level of flu activity over the last few weeks -- especially when measured against seasonal peaks from previous years. In future years this graph will help tell the story of this pandemic year. Here's the weekly report from DPH: Download Weekly-report-12_03_09