This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity
for the week ending 6 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 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 increasing but is still below the threshold for normal seasonal
activity. Virological influenza activity remained stable. Levels of non-influenza seasonal
respiratory pathogens overall were in line with expected levels, with the exception of
coronavirus and parainfluenza virus which were 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.