This is the third monthly report of the 2012/13 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 estimation of vaccine uptake.
The GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) has been calculated using the same method as last year. Please refer to the technical document for further information.
Clinical influenza activity remained below the threshold for normal seasonal activity over the last four weeks. Virological influenza activity reported through the GP sentinel and ECOSS systems has risen over the last four weeks. Levels of non-influenza seasonal respiratory pathogens overall were in line with expected levels, with the exception of RSV and coronavirus which were higher than at the same time last year.
As reported last week, there is evidence of significant community circulation of influenza (as indicated by the recent acute respiratory outbreaks seen in schools). A CMO letter recommending that antivirals can be used in primary care where clinically appropriate was issued on the 20th December and can be accessed at: http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/cmo/CMO(2012)10.pdf.