Influenza Surveillance

Past Influenza Surveillance Reports

Current Influenza Surveillance

Percentage of Visits for Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Reported by ILINet Sites, Kansas, October 2015-September 2016 and the Previous Two Surveillance Periods*

Percentage of Visits for Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Reported by ILINet Sites

*ILINet sites may vary in number and type (student health, family practice, etc.) each season. Data from the previous two surveillance years are plotted according to week number corresponding to the 2015-2016 week ending date; for example, week 40 ended October 10, 2015, week 40 of 2014 ended October 4, 2014, and week 40 of 2013 ended October 5, 2013.

22 of 36 (61%) submitted data by the reporting deadline for the current week.

About Influenza Surveillance in Kansas

Kansas regulations do not require health care providers to notify KDHE when a patient is diagnosed with influenza.  Instead, influenza activity is measured through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and territorial health departments.

Each week, ILINet clinics determine the percentage of patients seen with Influenza-like Illness (ILI). Influenza-like illness is defined as fever (≥100°F) with cough and/or sore throat, in the absence of a known cause other than influenza. Data is collected from Sunday through Saturday of each week. Clinics are asked to submit the previous week’s data by noon each Tuesday.

The information reflects data collected for the week ending the previous Saturday.  The above chart shows the percentage of ILI visits reported by week.  The percentage was calculated by dividing the number of patients seen with ILI at the clinics by the total number of patients seen and multiplying by 100.

The information on this chart may change over time, as ILINet sites may adjust their data submissions, and additional submissions may be received after Tuesday’s deadline.

About Influenza Testing in Kansas

The Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) provided confirmatory testing for ILINet site patients with ILI, as well as for hospitalized patients throughout the state. Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests were used to analyze nasal and nasopharyngeal swabs for the presence of influenza virus.

Influenza Specimens Tested at KHEL

About Respiratory Virus Testing in Kansas

In addition to influenza testing by PCR, the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) also tests all negative influenza specimens and select outbreak specimens via a respiratory viral panel (RVP). These specimens are tested with the BiofireŽ RVP, which can probe for the following 17 viral targets:

  • Adenovirus
  • Coronavirus HKU1
  • Coronavirus NL63
  • Coronavirus 229E
  • Coronavirus OC43
  • Human Metapneumovirus
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza A/H1
  • Influenza A/H1-2009
  • Influenza A/H3
  • Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza 1
  • Parainfluenza 2
  • Parainfluenza 3
  • Parainfluenza 4
  • Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Respiratory Specimens Tested at KHEL

For the 2015-16 influenza season, Via Christi Laboratories in Sedgwick County will continue to share their RVP data with KDHE.

Via Christi Respiratory Viral Panel Results (excluding all influenza)













Human Metapneumovirus












Respiratory Syncytial Virus








Please visit Children’s Mercy Hospital’s website to find RVP results from the Kansas City metro area.

Percent of Deaths Associated with Pneumonia and Influenza by Surveillance Period

Percent of Deaths Associated with Pneumonia and Influenza by Surveillance Period, Kansas, October 2014 – September 2015 and Previous Two Surveillance Periods*

Influenza Specimens Tested by KHEL

(1A) Kansas Resident Pneumonia & Influenza Related Deaths by Selected Entire Flu Seasons
by Causal Relationship, Current Season is only Season to Date
Time Period based on Date of Death

2013-14 Season 2014-15 Season 2015-16 Season
N Percent N Percent N Percent
Pneumonia or Influenza - Contributing Factor in Death 1088 65.3 1087 65.0 534 73.8
Influenza - Direct Cause of Death 46 2.8 118 7.1 1 0.1
Pneumonia - Direct Cause of Death 531 31.9 468 28.0 189 26.1
Total 1665 100.0 1673 100.0 724 100.0

Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Division of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics
Prepared February 8, 2016
Note: Influenza reporting seasons run from September 1 through May 31 of following year

National Influenza Surveillance

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