I’m a huge fan of “Flu Near You” since it began. It is easy, free, interesting, and helpful to local health authorities trying to track what is going on in your area. And they just added Zika symptoms to help track that new disease here in the United States.
Flu Near You is a community health project in North America. Flu Near You by HealthMap provides a comprehensive real-time visualization of influenza activity, news, and resources for the United States.
- You can see the level of flu activity in your state by checking out current CDC reported flu activity or Google Flu Trends.
- You can also see CDC collected flu vaccination rates for your state.
Think you have the flu? Bitten by a mosquito? Let them know how you are feeling! Flu Near You tracks the number of reports and provide real-time data based on the public’s responses.
This flu season, stay healthy and stay informed through Flu Near You by HealthMap.
- Take a few seconds to report how you’ve been feeling. It is free and anonymous.
- They send you an email every Monday morning, just note your symptoms if you have any and hit send!
- Thousands of reporters across the country contribute weekly – one of those could be YOU!
- Reports are collected and mapped so that you know when the flu is around!
Created by epidemiologists at Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital and The Skoll Global Threats Fund, Flu Near You relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking you to take a few seconds each week to report if you or your family members have been healthy or sick.
While important systems exist for reporting and tracking disease, they’re not perfect, missing those who don’t go to the doctor, and a bit slow because it takes time for reports to be collected and sent to health departments. Individuals reporting symptoms in real-time can complement traditional tracking while providing useful information directly to the public.
They analyze thousands of reports and map them to generate local and national views of influenza-like illness, providing public health officials and researchers with real-time, anonymous information that could help prevent the next pandemic.