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 12264
Belgium 3995
Portugal 2149
Italy 4681
Great Britain 3519
Sweden 3559
Germany 216
Austria 560
Switzerland 1216
France 1
Spain 1013
Ireland 351
Denmark 2922
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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New online system allows members of the public to help the fight against flu

Welcome to Ireland’s new online system that allows members of the public to help the fight against seasonal flu.

Influenzanet, which is already used in other European countries, is an innovative development using on-line volunteers to support existing influenza monitoring systems.  

It’s a research collaboration between the National University of Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and international partners from the EU-wide Influenzanet initiative.

It involves the recruitment of volunteers who self-report on-line by completing a simple registration process. Participants can view interactive maps with influenza data broken down at their local and national levels, and the system can map the spread of the disease in its early stages, and provide health professionals with an early warning signal of nationwide outbreaks.

So please consider joining Ireland’s first Flu Survey… Just click on the Register Button (above) and you’re onboard!

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