This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity
for the week ending 16 December 2012. 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 on this.
Clinical influenza activity is still low overall in Scotland, but virological influenza activity reported
through non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) has started to increase. A number of closed setting
(school) outbreaks due to acute respiratory infections are reported. Levels of non-influenza
seasonal respiratory pathogens are within expected seasonal levels, with the exception of RSV
and coronavirus levels which were slightly higher than at the same time last year. Parainfluenza
levels have started to increase as was also seen at the same time last year.
Based on evidence of increasing influenza activity in the community in Scotland, it is anticipated
that a CMO letter will be issued at the end of this week recommending that antivirals can be
prescribed by GPs where clinically appropriate.