This is the third monthly report of the 2015/16 influenza season. This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2015/16 season up to the week ending 20 December 2015 (week 51). 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 Scotland, clinical influenza activity shows signs of a small increase. Virological influenza activity suggests evidence of low levels of community circulation of influenza.
Over the past four weeks, the levels of some winter respiratory pathogens reported through the non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) increased and were above expected seasonal levels. The levels of winter respiratory pathogens reported through the sentinel sources remained stable overall. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) levels appear to have peaked in line with seasonal increases seen at the same time in previous years.