How to deal with influenza: Worthwhile surveillance system is in action

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7476.1239 (Published 18 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1239
  1. Catherine Quigley (catherine.quigley@hpa.org.uk), consultant regional epidemiologist,
  2. Will Sopwith, senior scientist,
  3. Matthew Ashton, public health intelligence specialist
  1. Health Protection Agency North West, Chester CH1 4E

    EDITOR—We support Jefferson's recommendation to strengthen surveillance capability for influenza, especially the identification of circulating virus amidst non-specific respiratory illness.1 In north west England the Health Protection Agency has been developing influenza surveillance to increase the coverage of the national consultation system for general practitioners (run by the Royal College of General Practitioners),2 after a successful pilot scheme in 1999 that detected a …

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