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 11884
Belgium 3934
Portugal 1735
Italy 4291
Great Britain 4122
Sweden 3559
Germany 180
Austria 488
Switzerland 671
France 6236
Spain 996
Ireland 295
Denmark 1302
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
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Project leader: Ricardo Mexia
Organisers Gripenet
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Project leader: Daniela Paolotti
Organisers InfluWeb
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United Kingdom
Project leaders: Chinelo Obi, Richard Peabody, John Edmunds
organisers Flusurvey
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Project leader: Edward Van Straten
organisers Influensakoll
influensakoll [at]

Project leader: Vittoria Colizza
vittoria.colizza [at]

Project leader: Charlotte Kjelsø
influmeter [at]

Project Leader: Yamir Moreno
yamir.moreno [at]

Principal investigator: Jim Duggan

Project leader: Dirk Helbing and Antoine Flahault info [at]