BioSense 2.0 Webinar: Panel on Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Surveillance – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (18:00 – 19:00 GMT)


ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team (more information about this webinar series)


Lynnette Brammer, MPH, Epidemiologist, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jeffrey Johnson, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, San Diego County Public Health Services

Alan Siniscalchi, MPH, MS, Influenza and Bioterrorism Surveillance Coordinator, Connecticut Department of Public Health


Influenza-like illness (ILI) is an annual concern for communities and health authorities worldwide. As we enter the already active 2013-2014 flu season, join ISDS and the BioSense Redesign Team for a Webinar about using emergency department (ED) visit data for ILI surveillance. You will learn the basics of ILI surveillance: how to use chief complaint data, how local, state, and federal public health departments use these data, and why sharing these data in real-time matters.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Describe why ILI surveillance using ED data is unique and how it can be used for influenza control and prevention.
  2. Identify crucial ED visit data elements used in ILI surveillance.
  3. Compare and contrast sensitive and specific ILI definitions and their utility in disease control and prevention activities.
  4. Describe two to three benefits of sharing ILI surveillance data real-time among jurisdictions.
  5. Describe two to three data quality requirements for authoritative use in public health action.


BioSense 2.0 Webinar Panel on Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Surveillance from ISDS on Vimeo.


Lynnette Brammer

Jeffrey Johnson

Alan Siniscalchi

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