Health Protection Scotland regularly reports consultation rates for influenza-like illness in primary care. This is the key measure of flu activity in the community and is used as a gauge of the severity of the flu season in Scotland. It is also used for comparison of flu activity across the UK and Europe.
This report provides background to reporting of primary care consultation rates for flu in Scotland. Specifically, this report provides detail on:
- the calculation of the all-Scotland consultation rate;
- the methodology for the calculation of the flu baseline level in 2016/17.