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 2021/2022 Influenza Season Data

The Pennsylvania Department of Health monitors influenza activity, conducts laboratory testing and compiles reports on flu activity throughout the year but ramps up surveillance activities in the fall and winter. The official influenza surveillance season starts with the 40th week of the year (typically around the beginning of October) and ends on the 20th week of the following year (in May). For the 2021-2022 season, the influenza surveillance season will begin on Oct. 3, 2021, and will run through May 15, 2022. Updated influenza activity data will be posted on this web page every Tuesday throughout the influenza surveillance season, beginning on October 19. These updates will provide a summary on:

  1. When and where influenza activity is occurring;
  2. Current trends in influenza as compared to previous seasons; and
  3. What types and subtypes of influenza viruses are currently circulating. 

It is important to note that the influenza case counts presented on this page are restricted to only those cases that have had a positive laboratory test for flu (by rapid test, DFA, PCR or culture) reported to the PADOH. These case counts represent only a fraction of the actual burden of illness due to influenza occurring in the commonwealth at any given time. This is because most persons with influenza do not go to the doctor or are not tested or reported. Influenza spread and severity varies widely from season to season. It is estimated that five to 20 percent (600,000 to 2,400,000) of Pennsylvanians get the flu each year, and 120 to 2,000 die from complications of influenza.

Week 23 (Ending 6/11/2022)

Pennsylvania Weekly Influenza Report
Summary:

  • Seasonal influenza activity in Pennsylvania and the United States is low and has decreased significantly over the past few weeks, however, it is higher than the same time of the year during the past five flu seasons.
  • Influenza A and B are identified by laboratory testing; however, influenza A is the predominant type during the most recent few weeks
  • During the most recent week, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been reported by the public health laboratory for most of the specimens that tested positive for flu.
  • A total of 85,266 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been reported season to date. Confirmed reports were received from all the 67 State counties. 
  • Emergency Department visits associated with influenza-like illness are similar to last week and are currently below the same week last year
  • A total of 65 confirmed influenza-associated deaths have been reported during the current season. One influenza-associated confirmed pediatric death was reported this season

Confirmed Influenza Laboratory Tests Received by PA DOH Surveillance

Table 1. Influenza Cases (positive by rapid test, PCR, or culture) Reported in Pennsylvania, 10/03/2021 to 6/11/2022 (n= 85,266) - Cases by County and Influenza Type*¥

CountyInfluenza Type ​ ​TOTAL
ABU**
County not reported72**75
ADAMS133968*1408
ALLEGHENY494563275584
ARMSTRONG43456*492
BEAVER3749.383
BEDFORD3647.371
BERKS3336211103557
BLAIR619**624
BRADFORD421*.423
BUCKS2211149*2361
BUTLER880188.1068
CAMBRIA1333147*1481
CAMERON11..11
CARBON865**870
CENTRE171617.1733
CHESTER2237162.2399
CLARION25224.276
CLEARFIELD84916.865
CLINTON258*.260
COLUMBIA720*.721
CRAWFORD48111.492
CUMBERLAND2186306*2493
DAUPHIN207818072265
DELAWARE195783.2040
ELK218*.221
ERIE189021.1911
FAYETTE55173.624
FOREST10*.12
FRANKLIN107234.1106
FULTON208*.209
GREENE191*.195
HUNTINGDON4105.415
INDIANA53970.609
JEFFERSON38524.409
JUNIATA194..194
LACKAWANNA158824.1612
LANCASTER5316113.5429
LAWRENCE49119.510
LEBANON113314.1147
LEHIGH4500106.4606
LUZERNE269310*2706
LYCOMING565.*566
MCKEAN126*.127
MERCER37964.443
MIFFLIN579*.582
MONROE13029.1311
MONTGOMERY3494437133944
MONTOUR220..220
NORTHAMPTON4471166.4637
NORTHUMBERLAND888*.892
PERRY31816*335
PHILADELPHIA5173169.5342
PIKE148*.150
POTTER1229.131
SCHUYLKILL18127*1820
SNYDER393*.394
SOMERSET17526.201
SULLIVAN33..33
SUSQUEHANNA163*.167
TIOGA106*.107
UNION2955*302
VENANGO12517.142
WARREN46..46
WASHINGTON94395*1039
WAYNE386111.497
WESTMORELAND1832263.2095
WYOMING103..103
YORK5176296*5473
All8070045105685266

(*) Numbers smaller than 5 have been replaced with an asterisk

(¥) Influenza counts are provisional and may change as more information is received

(**) Test results may identify influenza Type A, influenza Type B, or influenza without specifying Type A or B. Some tests only give a positive or negative result and can-not identify influenza type.

Figure 1. Number of Pa. Influenza Cases by Week of First Report

Figure 1. Number of Pa. Influenza Cases by Week of First Report

Figure 2: Comparison of PA-NEDSS Influenza Cases (All Types) in Current Season to the Eight Previous Seasons

Figure 2: Comparison of PA-NEDSS Influenza Cases (All Types) in Current Season to the Eight Previous Seasons

Figure 3: Season-to-date Influenza Sub-Typing Results From State Public Health Lab

Figure 3: Season-to-date Influenza Sub-Typing Results From State Public Health Lab

Table 2: Season-To-Date Influenza-Associated Deaths by Age

​Age ​Influenza-Associated Death
​0-181
​19-49​10
​50-64​11
​65+43
​All​65


Syndromic Surveillance

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's syndromic surveillance system receives data on visits to emergency departments (EDs) from most hospitals in the state.  The system looks at the reason for visiting the ED and determines if ED visits were likely due to influenza-like illness (ILI). The graph displays ED visits due to ILI as a percentage of total ED visits. This provides yet another way for the Department of Health to monitor influenza and ILI in the state. 

Figure 4: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits

Figure 4: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits

Figure 5: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits by community health districts 

Figure 5: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits by community health districts

Figure 6: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits by age groups

Figure 6: season-to-date Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Emergency Visits by age groups

World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory & Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) Collaborating Laboratories

Thirteen clinical virology laboratories in Pa. are WHO and/or NREVSS collaborating laboratories for influenza surveillance.

These labs report weekly the number of respiratory specimens tested and the number positive for influenza types A and B to CDC. Some labs also report the influenza A subtype (H1 or H3) and influenza B lineage (Victoria or Yamagata). Because denominator data is provided, the weekly percentage of specimens testing positive for influenza is calculated.

Figure 7: Influenza Test Results Reported to the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) Select Pennsylvania Laboratories, Season to date

Figure 7: Influenza Test Results Reported to the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) Select Penn