This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity
for the week ending 27 January 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
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 compared to the previous week but remained below the
threshold for normal seasonal activity overall. Virological influenza activity detected through
the GP sentinel increased slightly compared to the previous week, whereas virological activity
detected through non-sentinel sources decreased slightly. 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 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.