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Infectious Disease


Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and others with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from work or school when sick, getting your annual flu shot is the best thing you ​can do to protect yourself and others. 

Surveillance Data

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some of it related to our robust tourism season, with peak activity occurring as early as November or as late as March.  

Subscribe to receive weekly Flu Snapshot Reports

  • Alaska Weekly Flu Snapshot Report: a summary of a variety of different reports of influenza-related illness. From October through May, Snapshots are produced weekly to coincide with reporting during the national influenza season. During the summer months, Snapshots are generally produced monthly.
  • Alaska State Virology Weekly Report: a summary of all specimens evaluted by the Lab in the previous week.
  • FluView​: the latest weekly U.S. flu surveillance summary from the CDC.
  • Flu Near You: an online flu surveillance tools that allows the public to report their flu symptoms on a weekly basis, to help in tracking influenza activity.

Health care providers interested in participating in outpatient influenza-like illness surveillance may contact the SOE Influenza Coordinator at 907-269-8000.

Resources for the General Public

Places to get vaccinated in Alaska
Private clinics, public health centers, many retail pharmacies, and other locations may have vaccine available. Click here to get a map of retail pharmacies offering vaccine near you.

    Resources for Health Care Professionals

     Influenza is a public health reportable condition in Alaska.

    Archived Public Health Alerts

    Educational Resources 

    Alaska Department of Health & Social Services



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