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Flusurvey school project

Become a "disease detective"!

The below student resources are based on Flusurvey data collected from November 2013 to February 2014. The handout 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!

Disease Detectives

Flusurvey dataset


What is Flusurvey?

Flusurvey is an online system for measuring influenza trends in the UK. In 2012-2013, the highest rates of flu were reported in the under-18 age group. In order to help control and lower the impact of flu, it is important to understand who is most likely to be infected. For this reason, Flusurvey teamed up with NSEW for the 2013-2014 flu season to encourage teachers and their students to complete the survey. Results can be viewed here.

To help teachers get involved with Flusurvey and discuss flu with their students, we put together the below resource pack, which includes instructions, a lesson plan, activity ideas and student handouts! To find out more about how schools have supported Flusurvey, please read BBC coverage of the project.

Flusurvey teacher resources

Flusurvey student worksheet

Watch the below film from Twig World to help understand how germs can spread.