HPS Weekly National Seasonal Respiratory Report - week ending 24 February 2019

Publication Date: 28 February 2019

In week 8, the rate of GP consultations for ILI decreased and is below the baseline threshold for normal seasonal activity.

Influenza laboratory detections are at moderate activity levels in secondary care and in general practices. Influenza A(H1N1) is the dominant influenza strain thus far this season and is affecting a young​er age group than observed last season which was dominated by influenza A(H3N2).

Key change of note is an increase in influenza related outbreaks mainly in hospital settings in recent weeks.

A Scottish addendum to the Public Health England guidance on use of antiviral agents for the treatment and prophylaxis of seasonal influenza has been published on the HPS website.

​An increase in community circulation of influenza prompted the issue of a CMO letter​ in week 2 advising that GPs may prescribe antivirals.​​

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Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Surveillance Report