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Public Health Data Inventory

Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance

Background

Each week, approximately 17 outpatient healthcare providers around the state report data to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionon the total number of patients seen and the number of those patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) by age group (0-4 years, 5-24 years, 25-49 years, 50-64 years, and = 65 years). For this system, ILI is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F [37.8°C] or greater) and a cough and/or a sore throat without a KNOWN cause other than influenza.

Type of Data

The data are program-level for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

On a weekly basis, a select group of Nebraska physicians participate in the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet). The sentinel providers report data to CDC on the total number of office visits and the number of those patients with influenza-like illness (ILI), by age group. The data has been collected weekly for 30 years.

Related Links and Reports

Weekly Influenza Report

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-0935