Respiratory Infection Statistical Data in Scotland

Summary epidemiological information on seasonal influenza and other seasonal respiratory infections activity in Scotland.

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Source Electronic Communication of Surveillance in Scotland (ECOSS)
Author Public Health Scotland
Maintainer Public Health Scotland
Last Updated March 16, 2023, 09:35 (GMT)
Created November 10, 2022, 15:37 (GMT)
Date to make public 2023-03-08 09:30
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Acute Respiratory Infection, Influenza
Frequency Weekly
Time frame of data and timeliness Case numbers and rates, for the latest complete ISO week, are published weekly on a Thursday.
Coverage All tests processed by NHS laboratories in Scotland are reported to Public Health Scotland (PHS). Testing is carried out throughout the year.
Completeness Due to a lag in data received from labs, case numbers and rates for the latest week are provisional and may be subject to change in the next publication of data.
Accuracy All data is subject to validation and quality assurance processes. Case numbers may change retrospectively to include new data or updated information on previously reported data. Cases that have not appeared in a publication due to a lag in submition from labs are retrospectively added to their respective week in subsequent publications. A small number of cases may not be included in the latest publication of data if they are undergoing additional validation steps.
Concepts and definitions Number of new laboratory positive test results expressed as a rate per 100,000 Scottish population (mid-year estimates). Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are two main types of influenza virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Current subtypes of influenza A viruses routinely found in people are influenza A(H1N1) and influenza A(H3N2) viruses. Currently circulating influenza B viruses belong to one of two lineages: B/Yamagata and B/Victoria.
Disclosure The PHS Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Revision statement These data are not subject to planned major revisions. However, the Clinical and Protecting Health Directorate of PHS aims to continually improve the interpretation of the data and therefore analysis methods are regularly reviewed and may be updated in the future.
Official statistics designation Official statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics The data are used to gauge the start, peak and duration of the influenza season and describe the current impact and the severity of the influenza season in Scotland each winter. Such information allows comparison with prior influenza seasons and with current activity across the UK, Europe and globally.
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Language English

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