The latest figures about the incidence of influenza A (H1N1) in Scotland have been published by Health Protection Scotland today.
The findings are:
- A rate of GP consultations for flu-like illnesses - not necessarily H1N1 - across Scotland of 114.2 per 100,000. This is an increase from last week's figure of 105.6
- The number of community samples that tested positive for H1N1 is higher than the previous two weeks at 44.6 per cent
- These rates suggest that an estimated figure of 7,500 people have consulted their GP. However, taking account of the number of people having H1N1 but not consulting their GP, HPS estimate that around 21,500 people have contracted H1N1 in the past week. Both of these figures represent an increase from last week
- As of November 11, there have been 908 people with influenza A (H1N1) hospitalised since the start of the outbreak. 150 people have required hospital admission in the last week and, as of yesterday, there were 109 in hospital in Scotland
- There have been 33 deaths linked to influenza A (H1N1) since the start of the outbreak From next week, figures on the uptake of the vaccine will be given.
NHS Scotland has now received just under 550,000 doses of the Pandemrix vaccine - around 40 per cent of the total required for the 1.3 million people in the priority groups.
Speaking about the weekly reported figures, Ms Sturgeon said:
"This week's figures show an overall increase in the number of people consulting their GP with flu-like symptoms, the total number of estimated cases and the number of positive samples.
"This rise is not unexpected as we move further into the winter season and we must prepare for an almost continual rise in cases until the effects of the vaccination programme are evident.
"People must do everything they can to protect themselves ,maintaining good hygiene practices and taking advantage of the vaccination programme and seeking medical advice where necessary.
"With the vaccination programme now well underway, I urge everyone in the priority groups to get the vaccine when invited to do so by their GP. This is a rolling programme but everyone in the priority groups should be vaccinated by Christmas."
Anyone who is concerned about flu-like symptoms should continue to contact their GP for advice, or NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24. Further information on the vaccine programme is available via the new Scottish Swine Flu Vaccination Helpline on 08000 28 28 16.
Rates of GP consultations for flu-like illness per 100,000 population in Scottish NHS Boards
- Ayrshire and Arran - 117.8
- Borders - 153.5
- Dumfries and Galloway - 58
- Fife -87.1
- Forth Valley - 93
- Grampian - 74.5
- Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 149.6
- Highland - 76.3
- Lanarkshire - 156.5
- Lothian - 88.6
- Orkney - 54.8
- Shetland - 66.7
- Tayside - 136.5
- Western Isles - 104.5
- Scotland - 114.2
Population figures per board area, mid-year 2008 estimates (GROS)
- Ayrshire and Arran - 367,510
- Borders - 112,430
- Dumfries and Galloway - 148,580
- Fife - 361,815
- Forth Valley - 290,047
- Grampian - 539,630
- Greater Glasgow and Clyde - 1,194,675
- Highland - 309,900
- Lanarkshire - 561,174
- Lothian - 817,727
- Orkney - 19,890
- Shetland - 21,980
- Tayside - 396,942
- Western Isles - 26,200
- Scotland - 5,168,500