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Flu activity is low in Pierce County and Washington but increasing nationally.

We monitor flu activity October through April every year. We post flu activity updates in our blog to help you stay in the know.

We are seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses, like flu, while COVID-19 is still circulating. Since the beginning of flu season in October, healthcare providers are testing more people for flu each week and more people are testing positive.

Flu activity during the week of Dec. 19–25, 2021

In Pierce County:

  • Flu activity remained low.
  • Of 21,923 total visits to emergency departments and urgent cares, 445 (2.0%) were for flu-like illness.
  • Of 1,536 total hospitalizations, 13 (0.8%) were for flu-like illness.
  • Local labs reported 1,459 flu tests, 29 (2.0%) were positive.
  • So far this season, no provider has reported a death from flu.
  • So far this season, no long-term care facility has reported an outbreak of flu-like illness.

In Washington:

  • Flu activity remained low.
  • So far this season, no provider has reported a death from flu.
  • So far this season, no long-term care facility has reported an outbreak of flu-like illness.

In the United States:

  • Flu activity is increasing, especially in the eastern and central United States.
    • North Dakota, Georgia and New Jersey reported very high flu-like illness activity.
    • 16 states reported high flu-like illness activity.
    • 12 states reported moderate flu-like illness activity.
    • All other states reported low or minimal flu-like illness activity.

The flu is more than just a bad cold.

Like COVID-19, the flu is a serious respiratory illness. Each year, the flu kills hundreds of people in Washington and sends thousands more to the hospital. During the 2019-2020 season, the flu killed 14 people in Pierce County, 2 of whom were children. 

Protect yourself and those around you.

Getting a flu shot is the best protection against the flu. It can stop you from getting the flu. If you do get sick, your illness will be milder and shorter. And it protects you and those around you all season.

Thank you to everyone who already got a flu shot. If you still need to get one, it’s not too late! Ask your healthcare provider, go to a local pharmacy or visit our flu page to find a location near you.

Together, we’re working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let’s fight the flu, too, Pierce County.