European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp 751–754

Heterogeneous case definitions used for the surveillance of influenza in Europe

Authors

  • J.F. Aguilera
    • Respiratory Division, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Laboratory Service
  • W.J. Paget
    • European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
  • A. Mosnier
    • Groupes Régionaux d'Observation de la Grippe GROG coordination centre, Open Rome
  • M.L. Heijnen
    • Rijksinstituut voor Vollksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)
  • H. Uphoff
    • German Green Cross, Service of Epidemiology
  • J. van der Velden
    • European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS), Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
  • T. Vega
    • Servicio de Epidemiología, Consejería de Sanidad y Bienestar Social, Junta de Castilla y León
  • J.M. Watson
    • Respiratory Division, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Laboratory Service
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025337616327

Cite this article as:
Aguilera, J., Paget, W., Mosnier, A. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (2003) 18: 751. doi:10.1023/A:1025337616327

Abstract

We reviewed the case definitions used by 21 influenza sentinel-based surveillance networks in Western Europe. Two clinical syndromes were used with a wide range of case definitions that nevertheless shared common criteria. Although there is currently no international consensus, efforts are being undertaken to standardise influenza case definitions in Europe.

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