Influenzanet is a system to monitor the activity of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the internet

http://www.influenzanet.eu/

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Participating countries and volunteers:

The Netherlands 13910
Belgium 4392
Portugal 1795
Italy 3772
Great Britain 6030
Sweden 0
Germany 146
Austria 274
Switzerland 70
France 6654
Spain 949
Ireland 392
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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Via onderstaande links en verwijzingen vindt u meer informatie over de jaarlijkse griepvaccinatie.

Rapport van de Gezondheidsraad: Griepvaccinatie: herziening van de indicatiestelling (2007), zie http://www.gezondheidsraad.nl/nl/adviezen/griepvaccinatie-herziening-van-de-indicatiestelling

Brief minister Klink van VWS over het vaccineren van gezondheidszorgwerkers (2007), zie http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten-en-publicaties/kamerstukken/2007/07/09/standpunt-op-advies-gezondheidsraad-griepvaccinatie-herziening-van-de-indicatiestelling.html

Richtlijn vaccinatie zorgverleners in verzorgings- en verpleeghuizen, zie http://www.artsennet.nl/Richtlijnen/Richtlijn/43708/Influenza-preventie-en-begeleiding-door-de-bedrijfsarts.htm

Richtlijnenvergelijking Influenza en influenzavaccinatie, zie http://www.artsenapotheker.nl/i54446

Influenzavaccinatie van gezondheidswerkers: effectieve methode om de gevolgen van influenza bij zorggebruikers te verminderen, door J.C. de Jong in het Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (2007), zie http://www.ntvg.nl/publicatie/influenzavaccinatie-van-gezondheidswerkers-effectieve-methode-om-de-gevolgen-van-influenz

NHG-Standaard Influenza en influenzavaccinatie (Eerste herziening):  http://nhg.artsennet.nl/kenniscentrum/k_richtlijnen/k_nhgstandaarden/NHGStandaard/M35_std.htm#Voorlichting

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Arbeids- en Bedrijfsgeneeskunde (NVAB) richtlijn 'Influenza: preventie en begeleiding door de bedrijfsarts', 2007: http://nvab.artsennet.nl/Nieuws/Influenza.htm

Medisch Contact, 5 december 2008: http://medischcontact.artsennet.nl/Tijdschriftartikel/24606/Radboud-loopt-voorop-met-griepprik.htm

NRC Handelsblad, 5 december 2006: http://vorige.nrc.nl/wetenschap/article1749047.ece/Griepprik_bij_verzorgers_redt_ook_patient,

Internationaal onderzoek 1996-2000 waarop de Gezondheidsraad haar advies uit 2007 op baseert:

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