This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 8 January 2012. For the forthcoming 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), its severity and impact in the community and secondary care settings and information on 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.
Due to the recent holiday period many of the data sources described in the report will be based on provisional or adjusted data. Interpretation of this week’s data should therefore be with caution until more complete data becomes available.
Influenza and other key winter viral respiratory pathogen activity are currently within expected levels for this time of year in Scotland. RSV is increasing as would be expected at this time of year. The number of rhinovirus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae reports fell slightly this week but remain above levels seen at the same time in previous years.