The start of the 2016-17 flu season is here, and we have already seen sporadic flu activity in the State of Michigan. The first official week of the flu season was October 2 - 8, 2016. During this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) confirmed the first two cases of influenza for this season as human seasonal influenza A/H3.
Influenza associated hospitalizations and associated pediatric mortality are listed on the 2016 Nationally Notifiable Conditions. The Sentinel Physician and Sentinel Laboratory Programs, consisting of medical providers and laboratory sites from different locations throughout Michigan, provide surveillance data for influenza activity. While participation in this program is voluntary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDHHS BOL highly encourage continual participation from all sentinel providers.
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