What is an influenza sentinel provider?

An influenza sentinel provider conducts surveillance for influenza-like illness (ILI) in collaboration with the Wyoming Department Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Data reported by sentinel providers, in combination with other influenza surveillance data, provide a national picture of influenza virus and ILI activity in the U.S. 

 

What data do sentinel providers collect? How and to whom are data reported?

 Sentinel providers report the total number of patient visits each week and number of patient visits for influenza-like illness by age group (0-4 years, 5-18 years, 19-24 years, 25-49 years, 50-64 years and >65 years).  These data are transmitted once a week via the Internet, a touch-tone telephone, or fax to a central data repository at CDC.  Most providers report that it takes them less than 30 minutes a week to compile and report their data.  In addition, sentinel providers can submit specimens from a subset of patients for virus isolation free of charge.

 

Who can be an Influenza Sentinel Provider?

Providers of any specialty (e.g., family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, infectious diseases) in any type of practice (e.g., private practice, public health clinic, urgent care center, emergency room, university student health center) are eligible to be sentinel providers. 

If interested in becoming an influenza sentinel provider please contact Reginald McClinton, MPH, at 307-777-8640.

 

Sentinel Enrollment Form: 2013-2014 Influenza Season

Requisition Form for Influenza Culture: 2013-2014 Influenza Season