The initiative uses FluTracking, an online health surveillance system to detect epidemics of influenza.
The seasonal voluntary online survey is designed to monitor flu-like symptoms and can help the Ministry to map out the onset of flu by region, and the severity of the influenza season.
This gives a more complete picture of influenza-like illness in New Zealand by identifying trends and hotspots around the country.
The NZ Ministry of Health is working collaboratively with Australia to track flu across both countries.
More about the FluTracking initiative.
About the flu
Read more about the flu in the Ministry of Health webpage: