FluWatch is Canada's national surveillance system that monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. The FluWatch program consists of a network of labs, hospitals, doctor's offices and provincial and territorial ministries of health. Program objectives include to: • Detect flu outbreaks across the country as early as possible • Provide timely up-to-date information on flu activity in Canada and abroad to health professionals [and interested Canadians] • Monitor circulating strains of the flu virus (like H1N1) and assess their sensitivity to antiviral medications, [such as Tamiflu and Relenza]. Antivirals, when used by doctors to treat flu, can help reduce the severity of the illness and the recovery time for a patient • Provide information that the World Health Organization can use to make its recommendations on the best vaccine to use for seasonal flu shots.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Public Health Agency of Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
|Resource Name||Resource Type||Format||Language||Links|
|Influenza Activity Levels||Dataset||XLS||English||Access|
|Influenza Activity Levels||Dataset||XLS||French||Access|
|Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations||Dataset||XLS||English||Access|
|Respiratory Virus Detections/Isolations||Dataset||XLS||French||Access|
|Laboratory Detection by Age||Dataset||XLS||English||Access|
|Laboratory Detection by Age||Dataset||XLS||French||Access|
|Influenza Like Illness (ILI) Consultation Rate||Dataset||XLS||English||Access|
|Influenza Like Illness (ILI) Consultation Rate||Dataset||XLS||French||Access|
|Intensive Care Unit||Dataset||XLS||English||Access|
|Intensive Care Unit||Dataset||XLS||French||Access|
|FluWatch: Indicators and Descriptions||Guide||DOC||English||Access|
|FluWatch: Indicators and Descriptions||Guide||DOC||French||Access|
I am trying to compare the full year 2015 to other years?
Hello, We have forwarded your question to the data owner, and will provide a response as soon as possible. The Open Government Team
Hello, The data owners have offered this response to your question: "Regarding the specific comment from the potential user, we normally report data by influenza season, and not by calendar year. The 2015/16 season will not be complete, and final data sets will only be available following the end of the season - August 2016. So full-year data for 2015 will be available when the 2015/16 season is made available on the open data portal in Spring 2017. " Best, The OG Team
Hi is the data for 2013/14 and 2014/15 flu season available? Where can I find them?
I've found the 2013/14 data through the search tool, but the 2014/15 flu season data is no where to be found. Please advise. Thanks!
Hi Lynn, Thank you for your questions. They were sent over to the data owner last week for clarification. Once we receive a response, it will be posted here. Thank you, and let us know if you have any further questions! Tasha, the Open Government Team
Hi, it's been more than a week. Is there an update to the question I've posted earlier regarding the availability of the 2014/15 flu season data? Thanks!
Hi Lynn, I contacted the data owner again, and will let you know when I receive a response. You could try contacting them directly if you'd like: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/contac-eng.php#general. Tasha, the Open Government Team
Hi Lynn, The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner: "At the federal level, we publish a surveillance report (FluWatch) each week which provides weekly data throughout the year on activity levels, outbreaks, influenza like illness, laboratory confirmations of influenza, and severe outcomes including hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths. Weekly reports for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 seasons are available to the public, online at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/flu-grippe/surveillance/fluwatch-reports-rapports-surveillance-influenza-eng.php. I invite you to consult our weekly FluWatch reports at the above link in order to access the data you seek until such time that these data are also posted in aggregated annual format on the open data portal." Thank you, Tasha, the Open Government Team