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[Influenza surveillance in France].

Authors
  • Vaux, Sophie
Type
Published Article
Journal
La Revue du praticien
Publication Date
Oct 15, 2008
Volume
58
Issue
15
Pages
1655–1659
Identifiers
PMID: 19044048
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Because of the burden of influenza disease and the threat of influenza pandemic, a complete influenza surveillance system is needed. Surveillance data are required to guide the development of control measures. Since 2003, this surveillance has been reinforced by the French institute for public health surveillance (InVS). The French influenza surveillance includes: two sentinel surveillance schemes based on networks of general practitioners and paediatricians, surveillance of influenza hospitalization, reactive influenza mortality surveillance, surveillance of acute respiratory infection outbreaks in nursing homes for elderly people, virological surveillance and a specific surveillance for A(H5N1) cases. Influenza surveillance has also been reinforced in French territories located overseas (French territories of America, Reunion Island). Data collected with these surveillance systems are published on the InVS website (http://www.invs.sante.fr/).

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