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

http://influenzanet.info/

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1280
Italy 4881
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 1416
France 4886
Spain 1038
Ireland 155
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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Influenza stagionale: il video dell'ECDC

Con l'inizio della stagione influenzale, l'Ecdc (European Center for Disease Control) ha realizzato un video informativo: “Influenza in Europe: Protect yourself and those around you” dove Kari Johansen, esperta in influenza e altre malattie prevenibili con vaccini, ci guida alla scoperta dei sintomi e delle complicazioni dell'influenza. Ogni anno circa il 10% della popolazione europea è infettata dal virus influenzale, che colpisce soprattutto anziani, bambini e persone affette da malattie croniche. L'Ecdc pubblica aggiornamenti settimanali sulla situazione europea, basati sui dati forniti dai vari Paesi membri. Ma come limitare la diffusione del virus? Importantissime le norme igieniche e l'isolamento in casa dei malati, mentre la vaccinazione è consigliata per le persone a rischio di complicazioni e per gli operatori sanitari. (Fonte: epicentro.iss.it)

Monday 23 November 2015 15:22:30