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:

Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 12048
Belgium 3963
Portugal 1882
Italy 4424
Great Britain 4709
Sweden 6702
Austria 528
Switzerland 149
France 4714
Spain 1001
Ireland 308
Denmark 2725
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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Flu activity is decreasing

The flu activity page is now updated with results for week 07 from the Influenzanet countries who are presently collecting data. Flu activity is decreasing in all the European countries in which Influenzanet is deployed. This is in agreement with what is observed by sentinel doctors surveillance in each country.

Feb. 27, 2017, 3:05 p.m.