Facebook Influenza Tracking Project

At the National Institute for Health Innovation at Auckland University, we’re running a new research project looking at using Social Media to track flu symptoms. We’ve written an application for Facebook that allows users to input whether or not they have flu symptoms. We’ll then track the users over the weeks to see how long their symptoms last and track their location by IP address.

If you have time to be part of the study, please sign up at:


This study is an HRC funded Summer Studentship project by Dr Chris Paton (supervisor) and Chen Lou (medical student) at the National Institute for Health Innovation, a research unit at Auckland University. Please contact Chris or Chen at the emails below if you want more information:

Dr Chris Paton: c.paton@auckland.ac.nz
Chen Lou: cluo012@aucklanduni.ac.nz


  1. This is a great idea. Who specifically in Auckland is the point person? And I understand there are no cases in New Zealand or Australia yet, right?

    Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA


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