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Welcome to ADPH's Influenza Surveillance website. ADPH is monitoring which strains are circulating and where disease activity is occurring.

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Influenza in Alabama

Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity is below baseline for the state. For the week ending May 10, 2014, the geographic spread of ILI in Alabama was sporadic. This level indicates that there were isolated laboratory-confirmed case(s) of influenza within the past three weeks, but no increase in ILI activity in a public health area (PHA) with laboratory-confirmed cases. During the past three weeks, one (8.3%) of the specimens submitted to the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) for influenza testing, was positive for influenza; the positive specimen was identified as Influenza A, H3.

Influenza surveillance is a year round activity. Exact case counts for influenza are unknown because individual cases are not reportable. Alabama influenza surveillance is dependent on sentinel providers who report the number of ILI visits that they see on a weekly basis and those who submit flu specimens for testing at the BCL. 

For a view of the geographic spread of ILI in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Influenza Surveillance Map

Graph displaying influenza-like illness and positive influenza specimens submitted to the BCL

Influenza Control and Outbreak Guidelines

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), Alabama has recruited 84 healthcare providers to report the number of patients with ILI by age group and the total number of patients seen for the week. These providers are located in every public health area and almost every county.  ILI is defined as fever that is greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) AND cough and/or sore throat. There is no requirement for a positive influenza test (in the absence of a known cause other than influenza) when determining the number of patients with ILI.

Viral Surveillance

ADPH's Specimen Submitting Network (SpeciNet) is a network of physician practices, hospitals, and community health centers from all over the state volunteering to submit specimens from ILI patients to the Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL) for influenza detection and subtype information. To date, 109 healthcare providers have enrolled in SpeciNet. ADPH requests that hospitals submit specimens for admitted patients with ILI and all physicians submit specimens for pregnant patients with ILI as well as recent international travelers with ILI.

If you are interested in becoming an ILINet or SpeciNet participant, please email the Division of Epidemiology, call 1-800-338-8374, or complete and fax the ADPH Influenza Surveillance Reporting Network (SRN) Application.

Information for Health Professionals

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