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HPS Weekly National Influenza Report - Week ending 10 February 2013 14 Feb 2013

This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 10 February 2013. 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), its severity and impact in the community and secondary care settings, and estimates 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 increased slightly compared to the previous week but remained below the threshold for normal seasonal activity overall. Virological influenza activity detected through the GP sentinel increased compared to the previous week, virological activity detected through non-sentinel sources was comparable to last week.

Eight influenza cases with severe infection requiring management in an intensive care unit (ICU) were reported to HPS in the last week. Since week 40 2012, a total of 65 influenza infections requiring ICU have been reported to HPS, 18 of whom are known to have died.

Levels of non-influenza seasonal respiratory pathogens overall were in line with expected levels, with the exception of the level of para-influenza virus reports, which were slightly higher than at the same time last year.

There is continuing evidence of significant community circulation of influenza. A CMO letter recommending that antivirals can be used in primary care where clinically appropriate was issued on the 20 December and can be accessed at: http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/cmo/CMO(2012)10.pdf.

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