|ILI means influenza-like illness. Figure via the Weekly Georgia Influenza Report.|
Google.org's Flu Trends page compares its search engine data to epidemiological data from the CDC to explore whether search patterns reflect cases on the ground. Their data for past years suggests that their model does predict cases, and it would seem this year is no different.
|Google Flu Trends for Atlanta: darkest blue line shows 2012-2013 searches for flu-type terms, with lighter blue lines representing searches conducted from the previous 6 years|