Patient safety and high quality care are priorities at Massachusetts hospitals, and Bay State hospitals are national leaders in transparent and voluntary reporting of patient quality and safety information. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), an annual statewide hospital summary of healthcare associated infections in acute care hospitals is presented, as well as hospital specific reports.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health -- Flu Update March 2019
Influenza Activity in Massachusetts
For week 9, influenza-like illness (ILI, defined by fever >100°F and cough and/or sore throat) activity was reported as Widespread in Massachusetts, at Moderate intensity.
Figure 1: Percentage of ILI visits reported by sentinel provider sites - September 30, 2018 – March 2, 2019
Figure 3 shows the intensity of reported ILI activity in Massachusetts by region. The activity level for each region (and associated color) is in relation to a baseline ILI activity level for that region. Differences in activity may reflect variation in the size and type of patient population served by reporters in that region. Figure 3 shows that all seven regions of the state are reporting decreased ILI activity compared to last week; however, ILI activity remains elevated and consistent with what is normally seen at this time of year.
Questions and Resources
MDPH Influenza Vaccine Guidelines and Tools. This webpage contains information about influenza vaccine and links to guidance about planning flu and other mass immunization campaigns, standing orders, screening forms, consent forms, and MDPH-specific vaccine management guidance.
Flu Highlights for 2018-2019, which is geared towards a general public audience that you can use in discussions with patients.