This is the first monthly report of the 2013/14 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) 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.
Clinical influenza activity has slightly increased over the last four weeks but remained well below the threshold for normal seasonal activity 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 last four weeks, the overall levels of non-influenza seasonal respiratory pathogens remained low and in line with expected levels for this time of the year. Levels of rhinovirus and para-influenza infections were slightly higher in weeks 40-41 but a decreasing trend was observed over the weeks 42-43.