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 10987
Belgium 4211
Portugal 1803
Italy 3853
Great Britain 6372
Sweden 3559
Germany 156
Austria 310
Switzerland 84
France 3946
Spain 964
Ireland 529
Denmark 1187
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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The Netherlands and Belgium
Project leader: Carl Koppeschaar
Organisers Grote Griepmeting
redactie [at]

Project leader: Vitor Faustino
Organisers Gripenet
info [at]

Project leader: Daniela Paolotti
Organisers InfluWeb
info [at]

United Kingdom
Project leaders: Clare Wenham & John Edmunds
organisers Flusurvey
webmaster [at]

Project leader: Annasara Carnahan
organisers Influensakoll
influensakoll [at]

Project leader: Vittoria Colizza
vittoria.colizza [at]

influmeter [at]

Project Leader: Yamir Moreno
yamir.moreno [at]

Principal investigator: Jim Duggan