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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Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure.

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives.

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1586
Italy 4840
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 1351
France 0
Spain 1029
Ireland 354
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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Classroom Resources

This page contains resources and links to material that can support the Primary and Secondary level curriculum, particularly through project work that involves both science and mathematics. 

Added November 17th, 2013

We are delighted that the Creative Learning Exchange , based  in Acton Massachusetts, have granted us permission to use and disseminate a hands-on learning activity that can be used in the classroom to support social studies, science and mathematics. This game is called The Infection Game, and explores in an interactive way how viruses such as influenza can quickly spread through a population. Two classes can be combined to play the game, as it requires at least 35 players to generate clear patterns of behaviour. This workbook can now be downloaded through the following link.

Educational Links:

Here are a list of educational and science-related links that you might find useful for both teaching, and for project work. If you have any suggestions for additional links, please contact us.

  • Statbank - Ireland's Central Statistics Office online database with accessible information on People and Society, the Environment, the Economy. 
  • Science Spin  - Ireland's Nature and Discovery Magazine
  • Science Week  - summary of the wonderful range of activities for Ireland's science week.
  • Creative Learning Exchange - which supports systems thinking and learning for 5-19 year olds through engagement in real-world problem solving.
  •  - the web site of Nature.
  • New Scientist  - web site of the weekly science magazine.