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:

The Netherlands 12118
Belgium 3970
Portugal 2002
Italy 4595
Great Britain 8988
Sweden 3559
Germany 199
Austria 534
Switzerland 1009
France 5666
Spain 1003
Ireland 348
Denmark 2746
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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Grazie a Caterina Rizzo e al team del Centro nazionale per la prevenzione delle malattie e la promozione della salute dell' Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ora Influweb è in Flunews, il rapporto epidemiologico settimanale sulla sorveglianza integrata dell'influenza: Un enorme grazie anche a tutti i volontari di Influweb che ogni settimana ci aiutano a raccogliere dati sull'andamento dell'influenza in italia.

Giovedì 26 gennaio 2017 17:59:46