Please note that the GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) figures in this report have been updated due to a data miscalculation. The correct figure for week 52 2016 is 22.1 per 100,000 population and the figure for week 01 2017 is 24.6 per 100,000 population.
This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2016/17 season for the week ending 1 January 2017. For this season, we will provide a detailed influenza update report once per month with bulletin style weekly update 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.
Please note that due to the reduced number of working days in week 52, data in this report must be interpreted with caution.
- In Scotland, clinical influenza activity is stable and remains low. Virological influenza activity suggests that there is evidence of increasing community circulation of influenza.
- The levels of all winter respiratory pathogens reported through non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) and sentinel sources were within expected seasonal levels for the last week with the exception of human metapneumovirus which exceeded seasonal levels in sentinel sources.
- Current respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) detection levels in non-sentinel and sentinel sources suggest that the annual RSV wave has peaked and is decreasing.
- A CMO letter, recommending that antiviral drugs can now be prescribed for the prevention or treatment of influenza in the community where clinically indicated was issued on 23 December 2016.