Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flu season continues

If the flu season seems more intense than last year's, perhaps you are not delirious.

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
If you are fascinated by this information, check out CDC's Weekly Flu Update while you rest, take plenty of fluids and follow CDC's home care guidelines.