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 12982
Belgium 4007
Portugal 1879
Italy 3515
Great Britain 5179
Sweden 0
Germany 105
Austria 28
Switzerland 35
France 5921
Spain 869
Ireland 499
Denmark 0
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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ILI Heatmap

Below see the amount of ILI reported around the UK right now.  The map shows a gradient from no reported ILI (blue) to very high ILI (red).  Currently there is not a great deal of ILI around. Map updated every three minutes.

National Science and Engineering Week!

National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) is here! In collaboration with NSEW, we’ve launched a new free activity resource where kids can become “disease detectives”! Students can analyse real flu data from this year’s survey and design their own survey to analyse the factors that affect flu to help teachers and students learn more about flu and contribute to research. Click here for more information. NSEW is a celebration of everything to do with science, with grassroots events and activities across the UK every March.

To complete the survey, please click here.

For more information or to access the teachers’ resource pack which includes clear instructions, a lesson plan, activity ideas and student worksheets, please click here.