Marin Influenza Surveillance
Marin County Department of Health and Human Services tracks influenza activity by analyzing laboratory testing data and visits to local emergency departments for influenza-like illness. During the influenza season, we produce an influenza surveillance report that summarizes influenza activity in Marin County, California, and the United States.
Current Marin Influenza Activity: 2020-21 Influenza Season
Influenza season is here. This year, Marin County is monitoring respiratory illness acitivity to indicate potential surves in COVID-19 activity, as well as influenza activity. You can find additional information about respiratory illness and COVID-19 in Marin County here. The best way to protect yourself and others from influenza is to get the flu vaccine. You can find out where flu vaccines are available here.
Influenza-like Illness Activity
Influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in Marin County is within the expected range for this time of year. See Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. Proportion of Visits due to ILI: Kaiser San Rafael, MarinHealth Medical Center, and Novato Community Hospital Emergency Departments, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 Influenza Seasons
During this influenza season through October 31, 0 specimens have tested positive for influenza. See Figure 2 below.
Figure 2. Influenza Tests in Marin County, 2020-21 Influenza Season
Respiratory Illness Data
Marin County is monitoring respiratory illness data for surges that may be related to COVID-19 or influenza. The graph below shows data on respiratory illness admissions to the emergency department over the last three years. See Figure 3 below.
Figure 3. Respiratory Illness Admissions to the Emergency Department
Influenza Related Deaths
There have been no influenza-related deaths of older adults (>65 years old) in Marin County during the 2020-21 flu season.
Note: Marin County now includes number of influenza-related deaths in our influenza communications. This does not indicate an increase in deaths compared to previous flu seasons, but a change in reporting procedures.
Visit the California Department of Public Health's influenza website here for more information.
For national influenza data, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza surveillance website here.