In our first issue of Urgent Care Quarterly we analyzed urgent care data from the previous four flu seasons to provide some insight into trends and look for actionable data. Now that we have data through March, we wanted to update you on how the latest flu season shook out.
Over the years, the flu visit volume trends have shifted. In 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the flu season hit early and was long-lasting. Last year, the flu came late and the season itself proved to be short. Despite a relatively late start in December, the 2016-17 flu season has turned out to be one of the most severe since we began collecting data in 2013. The season really got started in December, peaked in February, and continued to be strong into March with 5.6 percent of urgent care visits with flu diagnosis.
[Figure A.] Percent of Total Urgent Care Clinic Visits with Flu Diagnosis
Recapping flu season by region, the data tells us that while the 2014-15 flu season was widespread, this year’s flu season was even more severe, especially across the Southwest.
[Figure F.] Flu Season by Region
In our next issue of Urgent Care Quarterly, we’ll dive deep into overall visit volume trends for new and mature urgent care clinics over the last four years. Watch your mailbox for your copy or subscribe now.