Influenza surveillance in Australia: We need to do more than count

Lambert, Stephen B., Faux, Cassandra E., Grant, Kristina A., Williams, Simon H., Bletchly, Cheryl, Catton, Michael G., Smith, David W. and Kelly, Heath A. (2010) Influenza surveillance in Australia: We need to do more than count. Medical Journal of Australia, 193 1: 43-45.

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Author Lambert, Stephen B.
Faux, Cassandra E.
Grant, Kristina A.
Williams, Simon H.
Bletchly, Cheryl
Catton, Michael G.
Smith, David W.
Kelly, Heath A.
Title Influenza surveillance in Australia: We need to do more than count
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2010-07-05
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 193
Issue 1
Start page 43
End page 45
Total pages 3
Editor Van Der Weyden, Martin B.
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• Laboratory-confirmed influenza is a nationally notifiable disease in Australia. According to notification data, Queensland has experienced more severe influenza seasons than other states and territories. However, this method ignores available denominator data: the number of laboratory tests performed.
• We propose that negative results of laboratory tests for influenza should be made notifiable, alongside laboratoryconfirmed disease, and used to calculate the proportion of positive test results in real-time.
• Using data from the public health pathology services of three Australian states - Queensland Health laboratories, the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Western Australia's PathWest - for 2004 to 2008, we show that incorporating laboratory-negative test data into national surveillance data would add to and improve our understanding of influenza epidemiology.
Keyword Respiratory viruses
Influenza epidemiology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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