The first reporting week of the 2019-2020 influenza season starts on Sunday September 29, 2019 through Saturday October 5, 2019. Reporting will begin September 29th. Please visit our influenza surveillance and epidemiology page at https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/influenza/fluwatch/Pages/index.aspx to read the latest news on influenza activity.
It is very important that you answer the survey each week for yourself and your household members EVEN IF YOU HAD NO SYMPTOMS. Why? If only those people with symptoms respond each week, then the percent of people who are sick will be artificially inflated to 100%. If everyone responds, then we can break down the number sick divided by the total number of responses. This gives us the best picture of what is going on in the community with regards to flu-like illness.