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

http://www.influenzanet.eu/

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1
Italy 4710
Great Britain 3994
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 1249
France 4833
Spain 1015
Ireland 351
Denmark 2950
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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The flu vaccination campaign has started for 2015-2016

The flu vaccination campaign has started for 2015-2016

The flu season for 2015-2016 has started (October – April), and with it, the national call for people to get vaccinated.

The HSE provides the flu vaccine free of charge to those in the at risk groups. People in the at-risk groups include:

· Everyone aged 65 and over

· Anyone over 6 months old with a long term illness which requires regular medical follow-up
(such as: chronic lung/heart disease, diabetes, anyone with lower immunity due to disease or treatment)

· Pregnant women

· Those with a BMI >40

· Residents of nursing homes and other long stay facilities

· Healthcare workers/carers

· People in contact with pigs, poultry, or water fowl.

The full list can be seen here

The flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy, and is perfectly safe. It also gives passive immunity against influenza to babies in the first few months of life. For more information about the flu vaccine while pregnant, see here

For those with an egg allergy, see here

The symptoms of flu usually develop over a matter of hours, and include a high temperature, headaches, a dry cough, sore throat, and sore muscles.

For differences between the flu and a cold, see here

For more information on the flu vaccine, see the HSE information

Sept. 27, 2015, 4:39 a.m.