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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 512 776 7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616


Sentinel Provider Surveillance

ILI Sentinel Provider Surveillance

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) participates in the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, and volunteer sentinel physicians as part of our influenza surveillance.
Influenza Sentinel Providers gather and report information on the number of visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) that they see at their practice settings. Reporting takes a few minutes a week and can be done electronically. These data are transmitted once a week or faxed to a central data repository at CDC. Most providers report that it takes them less than 30 minutes a week to compile & report their data.
Sentinel providers can be physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and college/university student health provider. Over 2,400 providers in the United States currently report their data to the CDC. Practice settings that are not eligible are elementary, middle, or high school health centers, and any type of institutional setting such as nursing homes or prisons.
The advantages of being a sentinel physician include:
    • Free laboratory testing (respiratory virus culture) for approximately 11 specimens per site per year

    • Weekly feedback on submitted data

    • Summaries of regional, state, and national influenza data

    • Free on-line subscriptions to the CDC publications, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Emerging Infectious Diseases

    • Family practice residents may fulfill their residency research requirement by participating in the influenza surveillance system

If you wish to join the network, or would like more information on what is involved in becoming a sentinel provider, please contact the state influenza surveillance coordinator at 512 458 7111, or download enrollment form and fax it to 512 458 76--. Or click here to sign up online.


Last updated March 7, 2017