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 13932
Belgium 4395
Portugal 1800
Italy 3792
Great Britain 6103
Sweden 0
Germany 153
Austria 303
Switzerland 79
France 6671
Spain 951
Ireland 397
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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Miljoenen griepvaccins onbruikbaar door blunder

Een medewerker van het Nederlands Vaccin Instituut heeft in 2010 geblunderd door 1,2 miljoen vaccins tegen de Mexicaanse griep H1N1 buiten de koeling te laten staan, zo meldt het RiVM. Hierdoor bedierven de vaccins. De opdracht was om alleen de vaccins die over de houdbaarheidsdatum waren te vernietigen.

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16 april 2012 09:14