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 13918
Belgium 4393
Portugal 1796
Italy 3785
Great Britain 6068
Sweden 3559
Germany 153
Austria 303
Switzerland 75
France 6656
Spain 949
Ireland 394
Denmark 0
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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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.

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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), and is based on Ireland's statistical regions.

Please note that caution should be used in interpreting the estimated levels of ILI activity shown on the map, as the data may be based on small numbers.

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