Health & Environment

Flu Update: Rising Trend Citywide; North End Less Impacted But Heavy Cases in Charlestown

The week ending 1/5/13 showed a continued increase in the number of reported influenza cases in Boston residents. 231 cases were reported between 12/30/12 and 1/5/13, with a total of 750 cases reported since October 1st. There have been four deaths, all in individuals over 65 years old. 182 cases (25%) have been hospitalized, with most hospitalizations (75%) occuring in people over age 45 with underlying medical conditions. Visits to the ED for influenza like illness (ILI) continued to increase this week. The rate of ILI visits the week ending 1/5/13 was 4.30%. (Boston Public Health Commission)

As it monitors the unfolding flu epidemic, the Boston Public Health Commission has released statistics counting 750 cases so far this season and 4 deaths. The chart above shows the rising trend and substantial increase versus previous years.

The neighborhood map indicates the North End and Downtown Boston have been less impacted than other parts of the city. Notably, Charlestown has been severely hurt as has Roxbury and Hyde Park.

As a reminder, the North End Waterfront Health center at 332 Hanover Street is offering free flu shots on Saturday, January 12th from 8:30 am to 11:45 am to anyone over 18 years old.