Influenzanet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1593
Italy 4841
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 1352
France 0
Spain 1030
Ireland 355
Denmark 3199
InfluenzaNet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet. It has been operational in The Netherlands and Belgium (since 2003), Portugal (since 2005) and Italy (since 2008), and the current objective is to implement InfluenzaNet in more European countries.

In contrast with the traditional system of sentinel networks of mainly primary care physicians coordinated by the European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), InfluenzaNet obtains its data directly from the population. This creates a fast and flexible monitoring system whose uniformity allows for direct comparison of ILI rates between countries.

Any resident of a country where InfluenzaNet is implemented can participate by completing an online application form, which contains various medical, geographic and behavioural questions. Participants are reminded weekly to report any symptoms they have experienced since their last visit. The incidence of ILI is determined on the basis of a uniform case definition.

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Join Ireland's Flusurvey for 2017/18!

FluSurvey is Ireland's online crowdsourcing system which allows members of the public to fight against seasonal flu. This system - in place across many European countries - helps medical professionals across Europe to track the spread of the virus.

We welcome participation from the public! The advantages of participating are that you can:

  • Track your health status on our secure website over the winter months, and you can also add members of your family to the system.
  • Check real-time information in Ireland and the EU relating to influenza-like illness
  • Contribute to Citizen Science across the world by joining a research project that spans major European countries, the results of which have been already published and are accessible online.

Join us for our winter survey! We send out a weekly newsletter and reminder to all participants.

Below we map the reported levels of ILI activity from our participants around the country. The map shows a gradient from no reported ILI (blue) to very high ILI (red). Please note that caution should be used in interpreting the levels of ILI activity shown on the map, as the data may be based on small numbers. The latest HPSC Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report can also be viewed online.

Maps are automatically updated every hour, and new participants are most welcome: registration only takes a few clicks!