What is it? Flu Near You was created by Healthmap http://www.healthmap.org/en/ of Boston Children’s Hospital, eBay billionaire Jeff Skoll’s nonprofit Skoll Global Threats Fund and the American Public Health Association. It’s free. It’s fast. Anyone age 13 or older in the U.S. can sign up.
Their theory is that “people could be the fastest signal of when flu starts to spread in different communities. And they believe that participatory surveillance is a way of managing and dealing with many the health threats that are out there. Eliminating pandemics is one of the goals of the Skoll Global Threats Fund.
Flu Near You has collected data from about 50,000 people. The goal is to get as many people to participate as possible. The nice thing about it: It doesn’t take more than a minute to answer the weekly survey. And you get to see a map of your area and look at the level of reported flu symptoms.