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HPS Monthly National Influenza Report - Month ending 8 September 2013 08 Sep 2013

The period of intensive Influenza surveillance for 2012/13 has ended. This is the fourth of our monthly bulletin reports over the summer period. It provides an update on influenza and other viral respiratory pathogen activity for the previous four weeks. Over the summer (weeks 21-39) an influenza update report will be published every four weeks unless influenza (or other viral respiratory pathogen) activity increases significantly.

This report contains summary epidemiological information on influenza-like illness (ILI) and other viral respiratory pathogen activity and provides a continuing commentary on any potential resurgence in clinical activity from influenza and any other respiratory viruses over the summer period.

The GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) has been calculated using the same method as in the season 2011/12. Please refer to the technical document for further information.

As expected for this time of year in Scotland, clinical and virological influenza activity is low overall. Levels of non-influenza viral pathogens are in line with expected seasonal levels.

As community circulation of influenza is low GP antiviral prescribing in primary care can now be discontinued. However, antivirals can still be prescribed in hospitals and in community outbreaks where clinically appropriate.

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Last Updated : 22/08/2016