Fluwatchers

Want to help make public health in your community better?

Help us collect important data to keep track of the flu in Canada.

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About FluWatchers

FluWatchers is an online health surveillance system that helps track the spread of flu and flu-like illness across Canada.

The FluWatchers program relies on Canadian volunteers to report each week.

FluWatchers is an important part of Canada’s national flu surveillance program, FluWatch.

What FluWatchers do

FluWatchers are volunteers from all over Canada.

During the flu season, from October to May, FluWatchers get an e-mail each week asking 2 short questions. It only takes about 15 seconds to answer.

Data combined from all FluWatchers can be found on the FluWatchers map and in the weekly FluWatch report.

Become a FluWatcher

Once you sign up, you will receive an e-mail each week during flu season (from October to May) asking if you had a cough or fever in the previous week.

There may be a few more questions, depending on your answers to the first 2 questions.

It's fast and your answers are anonymous!

We follow the rules of the Privacy Act with respect to the information that we collect from you.

Why FluWatchers needs you

We need more volunteers across Canada to help us show Canadians where the flu is.

If outbreaks do happen, this tool can give us an early warning.

You can see reports of flu-like illness in your area using the FluWatchers map.

Other important information

The FluWatchers program gathers data on healthy participants and those sick with the flu.

It is important that you try to answer the questionnaire each week whether you are healthy or sick. This will allow us to calculate more accurate flu rates each week.

When the number of participants increases, calculated flu rates in your area are more accurate.

Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join!

Contact us

You can contact us about FluWatchers to:

  • get more information
  • share comments or concerns
  • unsubscribe from the program (by email only)

FluWatchers
Public Health Agency of Canada
650H-130 Colonnade Rd
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Email: phac.fluwatchers.aspc@canada.ca

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