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 11497
Belgium 4002
Portugal 1214
Italy 3613
Great Britain 3652
Sweden 0
Germany 126
Austria 49
Switzerland 50
France 4906
Spain 0
Ireland 282
Denmark 1469
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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Welcome to Flusurvey 2014-5

Thank you to all of our participants! We have already collected lots of useful data this year - so please continue to update your weekly symptoms surveys to help us track flu across the UK. 

This year we are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with i-sense, an £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary research collaboration led by University College London to develop early warning sensing systems for infectious disease. 

More information about all these developments will be available shortly - watch this space!

To read about Flusurvey results from the 2013/2014 season, please click here. Or, read about our findings on BBC news, on The Guardian , or on the podcast: click here.

Flu Like Illness Heatmap

Below see the amount of influenza like illness (ILI) reported around the UK right now.  The map shows a gradient from no reported ILI (blue) to very high ILI (red). Map updated every three minutes.