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

Publication Date: 28 March 2019

​​​​In week 12, the rate of GP consultations remains below the baseline threshold for normal seasonal activity. 

Influenza laboratory detections are at low 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 younger age group than observed last season which was dominated by influenza A(H3N2). 

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