Google Provides Real-Time Estimates of Flu Activity for All 50 States

Fever. Sore throat. Runny nose. Chills. Fatigue. Nausea. There’s no denying it: Flu season is upon us. As if that’s not bad enough, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the 2014-2015 flu season is shaping up to be severe

While there are several effective methods of preventing the flu – such as getting vaccinated, following careful hygiene protocols and avoiding
contact with infected individuals – it’s also helpful to be aware of flu activity in the area where you live. 

With this in mind, the folks at Google have developed a real-time flu tracker that aggregates Google search data to estimate flu activity for all 50 states. Check out the Google Flu Trends chart below to see if you
live in a state with low, moderate or high flu activity and learn how flu activity is estimated to progress in your area through the 2014-2015 flu season.

To see a full map of current flu activity, visit the Google Flu Trends website.

If you live in a state with moderate to high flu activity now or in the coming months, it’s important to ask yourself if you’re doing enough to keep you and your family safe this flu season.

In addition to the common flu prevention methods mentioned above, experts recommend getting a UV light air purifier for your home or workplace to add to your flu prevention arsenal. The pathogen-destroying technology in UV light air purifiers fills the gaps left by other prevention tools, with some units destroying more than 99% of the flu virus on the first pass. This is especially important in light of recent news from the CDC that this season’s flu vaccine isn’t as effective against the serious flu strains that are the most dominant. 

To
ensure that you and your family are protected from the flu during a potentially severe flu season, it’s in your best interest to employ as many prevention tools as possible and monitor the flu activity in your area. In fact, you may
want to consider bookmarking this page to keep an eye on the real-time estimates as the flu season progresses.

For more information about flu prevention, be sure to check out our blog post on the top 5 ways to protect yourself from the flu.

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