This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity reports for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 03 January 2016. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports on a monthly basis with bulletin style weekly updates in the weeks in between.
This report contains summary epidemiological information on influenza-like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory illness (ARI) activity, its severity and impact in the community and secondary care settings, and vaccine uptake estimates.
In week 53, whilst GP activity was low, clinical influenza activity in the hospital setting shows signs of increase - an increasing number and proportion of tests performed in patients attending hospital for influenza are positive. In those viruses characterised influenza A (H1N1)pdm2009 appears to be the main virus identified thus far this season.
In week 53, the levels of seasonal respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were within expected seasonal levels except for human metapneumovirus and rhinovirus. The annual RSV wave appears to have peaked.
Please note that due to the reduced number of working days in week 53, data in this report should be interpreted with caution.