In week 52, the rate of GP consultations for ILI remained below the baseline threshold for normal seasonal activity.
Influenza laboratory detections have further increased and are above baseline threshold for normal seasonal activity both in general practices and secondary care. Influenza A(H1N1) is the dominant influenza strain thus far this season and is affecting a younger age group than observed last season which had been 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.
Please note that due to the reduced number of working days in week 52, data in this report must be interpreted with caution.