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 0
Belgium 0
Portugal 1448
Italy 4981
Great Britain 0
Sweden 3559
Germany 0
Austria 0
Switzerland 1533
France 6163
Spain 1039
Ireland 244
Denmark 3199
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 2019/20

Flusurvey is a webtool managed and monitored by Public Health England (PHE) and designed to monitors trends of flu like illness in the community. It was originally set up during the swine flu pandemic in 2009 by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and forms part of a Europe-wide initiative with eight other countries to monitor influenza-like illness (ILI) activity. Any member of the UK public can register onto the platform to report flu like symptoms they may experience during the winter months. This data will be used by researchers at Public Health England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to monitor flu trends in the UK. 

There are currently more than 8,000 people, from all over the UK, participating  in this survey and we always want to increase this number to make our data more robust and representative of the general population as well as improve the interpretations of our data. If you have participated in previous years please do so again this year.

If you are new to this site please click on the 'Join the Survey' box on the right.

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.

ILI case definition

Based on ECDC recommendation, ILI is defined as

Sudden onset of symptoms with

at least one of Fever (chills); Malaise; Headache; Muscle pain and

at least one of Cough; Sore throat; Shortness of breath