For National Science & Engineering Week 2014 we worked with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on a national experiment: Flusurvey!
Launched in 2009, Flusurvey is an online system for measuring influenza trends in the UK. In contrast to traditional surveillance methods, data is collected directly from the general public, rather than via hospitals or GPs. This is particularly important because many people with flu don't visit a doctor so don't feature in traditional flu surveillance.
Flusurvey teamed up with NSEW for the 2013-2014 flu season to encourage the public to complete the survey. Results can be viewed here.
Schools can download a lesson plan, activity ideas and student handouts for teaching their students about flu. Schools can also download the "Disease Detectives" resource, which is based on Flusurvey data collected from November 2013 to February 2014. This resource includes outlined classroom exercises, additional exercises that can be performed on the provided dataset and an extension activity, linked with the CREST Awards, for students to design their own survey and truly become epidemiologists!
Please visit the school page for more information!