This is the first monthly report of the 2014/15 influenza season. This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity to the week ending 26 October 2014. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports on a four-weekly 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.
Influenza clinical and virological activity remained low overall.
From week 40 to week 43 no influenza cases with severe infection requiring management in an intensive care unit (ICU) were reported to HPS.
Over the past four weeks, the levels of seasonal non-influenza respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel sources and non-sentinel sources remained in line with expected levels, with the exception of rhinovirus which levels increased and were above expected levels for this time of the year.