By Brad Haynes

New findings from the Doctors Report Illness Tracker™ have found the nation’s 27 Top Flu Hot Spots and the Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford area ranks among the worst!  reports that the severity level of the flu nationally is 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most severe) for the third consecutive week. Locally we also happen to weigh in at 9.5. The south Florida region of Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach and Jacksonville are other Florida areas coming in with a 9.5 rating currently.

Note that the Orlando area also ranks very high for cases of Influenza A.

The list draws from a national database of doctor-diagnosed and reported cases over a period of the past seven days. Specific metros are listed according to the Doctors Report illness severity scale, with 10 being most severe and 0 being least severe:

Very High

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH at 9.5.
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC at 9.5.
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD at 9.5.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV at 9.5.
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL at 9.5.
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI at 9.5.
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL at 9.5.
Jacksonville, FL at 9.5.
Richmond, VA at 9.5.
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY at 9.5.
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA at 9.0.
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD at 9.0.
Cleveland-Elyria, OH at 9.0.
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA at 8.5.
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN at 8.5.
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL at 8.5.


Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX at 7.5.
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI at 7.0.
Pittsburgh, PA at 7.0.
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN at 6.5.
Columbus, OH at 6.5.
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI at 6.5.
Austin-Round Rock, TX at 6.5.


Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI at 6.0.
Birmingham-Hoover, AL at 6.0.
Raleigh, NC at 6.0.
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN at 6.0

The current severity rankings for Flu A, a different category of influenza, which can be severe are:

Very High

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL at 9.5.
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL at 9.0.
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA at 8.5.


Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL at 8.0.
Raleigh, NC at 8.0.
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI at 7.0.
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI at 7.0.
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN at 7.0.
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA at 6.5.


Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD at 6.0.
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, at 6.0.
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA at 6.0.
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC at 5.5.
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH at 5.5.
Birmingham-Hoover, AL at 5.0.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV at 5.0.
Oklahoma City, OK at 5.0.

Influenza (“flu”) is a respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can be severe and, especially for the young and very weak, be life threatening. Flu-related illnesses that can result include pneumonia, asthma and dehydration.

The Influenza A virus also may be serious, especially for infants, elderly and immune compromised people. The Doctors Report™ Illness Tracker™ provides a separate report on outbreaks of Influenza A virus in your area or other areas you search.



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