ESR & Montage fight the flu

ESR, with support from Montage, have launched a new dashboard providing up-to-date information on how influenza is tracking throughout New Zealand, as well as its severity.

In a first for flu surveillance, this dashboard will give a measure of the impact of the flu through the season on a near real-time basis.

ESR says the Tableau dashboard has been developed to help the health sector’s management of the flu. While it is aimed at health professionals, it will also provide a guide to members of the public who want to find out how flu is tracking through the season.

The ESR dashboard includes information on flu activity, flu severity and which viruses are circulating this season. This information is gathered as part of the national influenza surveillance programme from a range of sources including laboratories, intensive care units, emergency departments, GPs and Healthline.

ESR’s manager of Strategic Health Intelligence, Lisa Oakley, says the new system will also be extremely useful in the event of a flu pandemic.

“Multiple flu viruses circulate in a season; some are worse than others, some parts of the community are more vulnerable, and in some years a flu virus is worse than previously experienced.”

With this year’s flu season just beginning, Dr Oakley says the near real-time information provided on the ESR website will be of great value.

Click the image or this link to view and interact with the ESR flu dashboard.


About ESR

ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources, and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems. See

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