This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 28 December 2014. 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.
The GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) and the threshold for normal seasonal activity have been calculated using a new method this season which the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is recommending should be used across the EU. Please refer to the technical document for further information.
Due to an increase in clinical and virological influenza activity there is now evidence of community circulation of influenza.
A CMO letter, recommending that antivirals can be used in primary care where clinically appropriate, was issued on the 18th of December 2014 and can be accessed at: http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/cmo/CMO(2014)29.pdf
A guidance document has been issued by HPS with recommendations for the antiviral treatment and prophylaxis of influenza for the season 2014-15.
Ten laboratory confirmed influenza cases with severe infection requiring intensive care
management (ICU cases) were reported to HPS within the last week (2 influenza A(H3) and 8
influenza A(not subtyped)). Three new outbreaks of acute respiratory infection were reported
to HPS in week 01 (1 outbreak of both influenza A and B and 2 outbreaks of influenza A(not
The levels of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) show evidence of decline whilst levels of
seasonal non-influenza respiratory pathogens (rhinovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza,
adenovirus, human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN)) reported
from sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) were stable and within expected seasonal
Please note that due to the reduced number of working days in week 01, data in this report
must be interpreted with caution..