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Seasonal Influenza

Welcome to the HPS influenza update for the 2017/2018 season

Influenza surveillance is now a year round activity. Details on the current surveillance, background to the systems and reports from previous influenza seasons can be accessed below.

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HPS National Influenza Report

Welcome to the HPS influenza update for the 2017/2018 season. Updates will be based on an interpretation of data from the Scottish Influenza Surveillance Reporting system SISRS in addition to other data sources e.g. routine laboratory information, calls to NHS24, swab results from the sentinel swabbing scheme, all cause mortality, vaccine uptake estimates and respiratory outbreak information from NHS boards.

Links to summaries from other UK, European and International surveillance systems are also provided as these give additional useful detail and insight on the global influenza picture.

For the 2017/18 influenza season we have changed the format of our weekly report to simplify the content of it and make it easier to visually identify whether flu activity is increasing, what the impact of flu is and who is being affected most. As the season progresses further detailed information on the surveillance indicators we routinely review each week will be included as required. An overall assessment of the level of flu and other seasonal respiratory pathogens (e.g. Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Adenovirus, Coronavirus etc) which cause flu-like illness will be provided.

Latest HPS National Influenza Report

Technical Document for Season 2017/18

Due to changes in the way in which influenza (flu) consultation data from General Practitioners in Scotland is being provided, we are currently in the process of updating the Technical document and Quick reference guide. Both of these documents will become available when the changes to this data are complete.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme

Listed below are key documents and resources that have been made available to assist with Seasonal Influenza vaccination programme:

Influenza Vaccination for 2017/18 winter flu season

Seasonal Influenza Patient Group Directions

Antiviral treatment and prophylaxis of influenza

Public Health England published Antiviral treatment and prophylaxis of influenza guidance for the 2017/18 season on 10 October 2017. This guidance is currently being reviewed for Scotland.

Infection Prevention and Control Posters - Seasonal Influenza

For information on infection control aspects please refer to the National Infection Control Manual.

Two posters are available that provide guidance on infection prevention and control measures that should be implemented during influenza outbreaks. One poster is for care homes and one for hospital use.

Versions of each poster suitable for both office and commercial printing are available to download and print.