This is the eighth monthly report of the 2011/12 influenza season. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports on a monthly basis with bulletin style weekly updates in the weeks in between.
This report contains summary epidemiological information on influenza-like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory illness (ARI) activity, its severity and impact in the community and secondary care settings, and vaccine uptake estimates.
The GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) has been calculated using a different method this season. Please refer to the technical document for further information on this.
Some of the data sources described in the report will be based on provisional or adjusted data because of the recent public holiday at the beginning of May. Interpretation of the data for the most recent week should be with some caution.
Clinical influenza activity over the last month has remained relatively stable and is well below the threshold for normal seasonal activity. Virological influenza activity over the last month has decreased and is now slightly above expected levels for this time of year. With the exception of recent rises in rhinovirus and adenovirus reports through ECOSS, levels of non-influenza seasonal respiratory pathogen reporting is within expected levels for this time of year.