Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2009

ASPREN surveillance system for influenza-like illness A comparison with FluTracking and the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

John Litt Nigel Stocks Adriana Parrella Craig B Dalton Rodney Pearce
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General practitioners play an important role in the detection and clinical management of influenza. The Australian Sentinel Practice Research Network (ASPREN) has been collecting data from sentinel GPs on selected conditions, including influenza-like illness (ILI), since 1991 to inform public health authorities of communicable disease activity in the community.
Data captured by the three separate surveillance systems provide complementary information regarding influenza in the Australian population.
ASPREN recorded peak ILI rates of 47 per 1000 consultations in week 30 (ending 29 July) 2007 and 34 per 1000 consultations in week 36 (ending 7 September) 2008. Similar trends in incidence were seen in FluTracking cough and fever rates, ASPREN data in New South Wales and National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System laboratory notifications.

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