Date lodged: 25 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, as part of its contingency planning for a similar event in Scotland this winter, what assessment it has made of the recent influenza outbreak in Australia.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 16 October 2017
Whilst the strains of flu circulating in Australia this past winter have led to a significant increase in cases, it is too early to know which strains of flu will dominate in Scotland this coming flu season. The news that the southern hemisphere has experienced its worst flu outbreak in years is a timely reminder that the best way to protect the people of Scotland is by encouraging everyone who is eligible to take up their offer of the flu vaccine.
Health Protection Scotland's weekly updates showing the current epidemiological picture on flu infections across Scotland will be routinely monitored over the winter period to help us detect early warning of imminent surges in activity.