Today’s viral respiratory diseases report shows continued circulation of flu at a high activity level in Scotland this winter, with 700 people admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 or flu infection in the first week of January.

Maintaining proper hand and respiratory hygiene can help protect against numerous common viruses. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and feel unwell, or have a fever, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

The report also highlights that uptake for the winter vaccines is currently lower than it was during winter 2022/23.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself against the most likely circulating strains of flu and COVID-19 and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Those who have not yet received their winter vaccines are encouraged to increase their protection by taking up the offer of vaccination.

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View the latest viral respiratory diseases report.

For more top tips on staying well this winter, please read our blog by Dr Jim McMenamin, Head of Health Protection (Infection Services): Top tips for keeping well this winter - Our blog - Public Health Scotland

Last updated: 16 January 2024