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 12251
Belgium 3992
Portugal 2148
Italy 4661
Great Britain 9791
Sweden 3559
Germany 214
Austria 555
Switzerland 1188
France 5964
Spain 1012
Ireland 351
Denmark 2905
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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La vacuna de la gripe es efectiva en un 25% de los casos del principal virus de este invierno

La vacuna contra la gripe de este invierno tiene una efectividad menor a la de otras temporadas. Es la misma que el invierno pasado, puesto que no ha habido tiempo para modificarla, y se ha demostrado que en uno de los tres virus, el principal y que afecta sobre todo a la gente más mayor, el A-AH3, solo tiene efectividad en el 25% de los casos, mientras que el porcentaje habitual ronda el 50%. Aún así, es recomendable seguirla poniendo sobre todo a los colectivos más vulnerables, como ancianos y niños.

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