This is the fourth monthly report of the 2011/12 influenza season. 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) has been calculated using a different method this season. Please refer to the technical document for further information on this.
Influenza and other key winter viral respiratory pathogen activity overall was within levels expected for this time of year in Scotland. RSV and rhinovirus activity is starting to decline. The number of Mycoplasma pneumoniae reports received remained well above levels seen at the same time in previous years.