Influenza activity is showing signs of decreasing with almost all indicators suggesting
falling activity. There remains evidence of circulation of influenza within the community and
closed settings. A CMO letter was issued in week 49 advising that GPs may prescribe antivirals.
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.
In week 6:
The rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) was at Baseline activity level (10.2 per 100,000).
The proportion of NHS24 respiratory calls was at Low activity level (17.1%).
The swab positivity of influenza in primary care was at Baseline activity level (11.1%,
The swab positivity of influenza in secondary care was at Low activity level (12.0%,
The incidence rate of influenza in secondary care was at Baseline activity level (1.7 per
The number of new acute respiratory illness outbreaks with onset in week 6 was at Moderate activity level (n=3).
The number of new SARI cases admitted to ICU during week 6 was at Baseline activity level
There were no new SARI deaths reported. The SARI case-fatality rate (CFR) reported since
week 40 2019 was 15.7% (11/70) and remains below expected seasonal levels (range 22.9% - 35.6%).
The all-cause mortality excess was at Baseline activity level in week 4.