Pennsylvania NEWS

Dept. of Health Seeking Volunteer Sentinel Providers

Healthcare providers throughout the Commonwealth are invited to learn about the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, or ILINet. This program, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments, collects influenza surveillance data from volunteer sentinel healthcare providers.
Providers who participate in the ILINet program collect and report information about the level of influenza-like illness (ILI) currently seen in their practice. Data reported by ILINet providers, in combination with other influenza surveillance data, provide a national picture of influenza virus and ILI activity in the U.S. There are more than 2,900 ILINet sentinel providers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ILINet providers tally and report each week the total number of patients seen at their practice for any reason. They also tally and report number of patient visits for influenza-like illness by age group (0-4 years, 5-24 years, 25-49 years, 50-64 years, >65 years). ILINet providers submit their weekly totals to CDC by fax or to a website every week. Most providers report that it takes them fewer than 30 minutes a week to compile and report their data.

Visit the Department of Health's website to learn more about ILINet.