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Influenza in Los Angeles County

Influenza,Flu

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Also see:
-- Notifiable Communicable Diseases & Conditions - Los Angeles County
-- When Los Angeles Last Faced a Pandemic.


Almost two months into the 2022-2023 flu season, influenza cases have exploded in Los Angeles County. At the present rate, just in the first quarter of this season, we may expect the number of flu cases to exceed the number of cases recorded during all of the previous season.



Los Angeles County New Influenza Cases by 7-Day Period, 2022-2023 Flu Season

Weeks are Sunday through following Saturday. A new flu season begins in October. Numbers represent positive tests at specified Los Angeles County influenza surveillance labs.

Influenza, Flu, Cases, Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Almanac chart.



Flu Season* Positive Flu Tests Influenza-Related Deaths
Total Deaths Pediatric Deaths
2022-2023 (through 11/12/2022) 5,621 1 0
2021-2022 6,205 16 0
2020-2021** 206 5 0
2019-2020†† 15,489 62 2
2018-2019 6,429 125 2
Flu Season* Positive Flu Tests Influenza-Related Deaths
Total Deaths Pediatric Deaths
2017-2018 12,429 289 2
2016-2017 6,855 77 1
2015-2016 6,702 70 3
2014-2015 5,752 54 3
2013-2014 3,953 105 4
Flu Season* Positive Flu Tests Influenza-Related Deaths
Total Deaths Pediatric Deaths
2012-2013 3,163 69 7
2011-2010 1,149 21 2
2010-2011 2,122 34 3

* Although influenza is detected year-round, according to the Centers for Disease Control, a new "flu season" begins in October and peaks during December through February. Significant activity, however, can last as late as May.
† This number represents only those tested at specified Los Angeles County influenza surveillance labs and whose results were positive.
‡ Ages 0-17
** The dramatic drop-off in reported influenza cases during this period was attributed to widespread public health practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as requirements for face coverings, social distancing, closures, etc.
†† Official summary numbers had not been provided for the end of this season, due to public health staff suddenly pressed into beomg fully occupied with COVID-19 data. Numbers presented here are cumulative tallies of weekly influenza reports for the season through Mar. 21, 2020.

Source: Acute Communicable Disease Control, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Red Cross Motor Squads in St. Louis drill to meet the Influenza Epidemic, 1918
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