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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Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure.

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 14006
Belgium 4597
Portugal 1897
Italy 4089
Great Britain 8047
Sweden 3559
Germany 171
Austria 380
Switzerland 112
France 6532
Spain 983
Ireland 623
Denmark 738
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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Flusurvey recruitment competition 2015/6:  

Back by popular demand! Recruit participants to take part in Flusurvey and win a Google Nexus!  (Runners-up will receive loveable "cuddly flu virus").

Just get your friends and family to enter your username on the "how did you hear about flu survey" and be entered into the prize draw.

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In front is a Google Nexus on which you can fill in your Flusurvey questionnaire (and probably do other stuff too). 

If you'd be willing to spread the word to friends and family that'd be hugely appreciated. Read below or click the link for a paragraph  that might be a useful bit of explanation to send around - note that, if you want to be entered into our "thank you for recruiting people" prize draw you'll need to tell them your flusurvey username

Please take part in the UK Flusurvey to help track the spread of flu. Anyone can register by going to . Participants are asked to report any flu-like symptoms each week during the flu season. Is man flu a myth? Does taking public transport give you flu? Register for the flusurvey to find out. If you recruit your friends to take part, you're entered into a prize draw - so if you decide to sign up, please enter my Flusurvey username <insertnamehere> when asked.

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