Australian Influenza Surveillance Report - week ending 26 May 2017 (#01/2017)

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates are compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS; influenza associated hospitalisations; sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners; ILI-related community level surveys; and sentinel laboratory testing results.

Page last updated: 24 July 2017

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report is published on a fortnightly basis during the influenza season, typically between May and October. Influenza activity updates will be published outside of the seasonal period.

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 01 - week ending 26 May 2017

Summary

  • Influenza activity has increased slightly in the last month, but remains at inter-seasonal levels across Australia.
  • Detections of influenza B viruses have increased in recent weeks, consistent with the predominance of influenza B viruses worldwide currently.1
  • Respiratory viruses other than influenza are more commonly causing influenza-like illness presentations to sentinel general practitioners, with rhinovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) detected most frequently.
  • There is no indication of the potential severity of the 2017 season at this time.
  • To date, the seasonal influenza vaccines appear to be a good match for circulating virus strains.

1 WHO, Influenza Update No. 290, 14 May 2017. Available from the WHO website.

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