Data below represent seasonal influenza activity during the 2015-2016 influenza season. Daily and weekly updates (posted every Friday) will track trends in influenza-like illness (ILI). For additional information, please see the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Summary reports.
Figure 1. Visits for influenza-like illness to New York City emergency departments in recent weeks. See note below.
Figure 2 - Rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) visits to New York City emergency departments (ED) are shown for four different age categories. See note below.
Figure 3 - The number of influenza-like illness (ILI) visits to New York City emergency departments (ED) is shown for each borough in New York City. See note below.
Figure 4 - The Health Department follows trends in influenza-related hospitalizations by tracking the number of patients who are admitted from the emergency department (ED) with influenza like illness (ILI). See note below.
NOTE: The Health Department tallies ILI visits from 49 hospitals that together account for 95% of annual ED visits in NYC. An ILI visit means that the patient reported fever with cough or sore throat, or used the word “flu” to describe either their symptoms or their reason for the visit (for example, if they requested influenza testing). Syndromic surveillance is based on the patient’s main complaint when seeking care in an ED and does not capture the cause of the illness. Other illnesses (such as strep throat or the common cold) can cause ILI so not all ILI cases are seasonal influenza. Also, some people with true influenza may be missed because they do not report “fever with cough or sore throat” or “flu” as their main complaint. However, generally speaking, the total number of ILI visits does tend to track along with influenza activity in the community. These data are therefore most useful for following trends over time.