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 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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User Guide

As a new user, you will be added to one of our 43 areas, based on the 2011 constituency maps. When postcodes  become available in 2015, we will be able to add these to our site, and will get a more detailed view of country-wide influenza activity.

Our guide contains information on each of the steps that participants must follow in order to use the system.

  1. Registration.  
  2. Activation. 
  3. Initial once-off survey. 
  4. Weekly survey. 
  5. Adding groups to your account (e.g. keeping track of a class in school, or a household)