Via the Centre for Health Protection: Latest update of surveillance data in winter influenza season. Excerpt:
Regarding severe cases, from noon yesterday (February 17) to noon today, 10 additional cases of influenza-associated admission to intensive care units or death (including eight deaths) among adults aged 18 or above have been recorded under the enhanced surveillance in collaboration with public and private hospitals reactivated since January 2 and an additional death was recorded among previously reported cases, bringing the total to 332 (237 deaths) so far. Among them, 320 were A(H3N2), seven were B and five were A pending subtype. In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 (133 deaths) were filed.
Of note, in the 332 cases and 237 deaths above, 284 cases (85.5 per cent) and 225 deaths (94.9 per cent) involved elderly persons aged 65 or above. Senior citizens yet to be vaccinated should do so promptly as vaccination can reduce disease severity, hospitalisations and deaths, particularly for high-risk groups.
"Last week, 74 cases (56 deaths) with a daily average of 10.6 cases (eight deaths) were recorded, a record high in influenza seasons since 2011, compared with 63 cases (44 deaths) with a daily average of nine cases (6.3 deaths) in the previous week," the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, no additional cases of severe paediatric influenza-associated complication or death among children aged under 18 have been reported since yesterday via the ongoing reporting system and the total this year hence remains at 14 (no deaths) and all were A(H3N2). In 2014, 27 cases (four deaths) were filed.